We fact-check an article by Mvslimfeed, claiming that science supports Islam’s declaration of pig as haram with proofs.
This is not a critique of any religion or dietary preference, but the TRUTH about pigs and pork.
Science Supports Pig As Haram With Proofs? : A TLDR Summary
Here is a quick summary of Mvslimfeed’s false claims about the pig and its meat, pork :
- Eating pork infects you with tapeworm : FALSE
- Pigs eat garbage and human shit : FALSE
- Factory-farmed pigs are overdosed on antibiotics : MISLEADING
- Pork infects 100,00 Americans a year with Yersinia enterocolitica : MISLEADING
- Cooking won’t kill pig parasites : FALSE
- Pork has twice the fat of beef : MISLEADING
- Pork eaters have hundreds of diseases : FALSE
- Pigs spread influenza to humans : MISLEADING
- Pigs are toxic because they don’t perspire : FALSE
- Pigs cannot be killed with poison : FALSE
Science Supports Pig As Haram With Proofs? A Detailed Debunking!
Here is our detailed examination of Mvslimfeed’s false claims about pigs and pork, and the real FACTS.
Claim #1 : Eating Pork Infects You With Tapeworm
Eating pork can cause over 70 different types of latent diseases as their body contains many toxins and deadly parasitic worms like tapeworm, roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. These worms and diseases easily pass into human body and causes severe illness.
These worms can enter the human body through the mouth, anus, nose, or skin, with most species attaching themselves to the intestinal tract, damaging body. The most dangerous of these worms are tapeworms.
These tapeworms when enter brain cause memory loss, If it enters the heart it can cause heart attack, in the eye it can cause blindness, and in the liver it can cause liver damage. It can damage almost all the organs of the body.
Our Verdict : FALSE
Pork, like other kinds of animal meats, may harbour zoonotic diseases. That is why it is important to properly handle and cook them.
Parasitic worms like tapeworm, roundworm, pinworm, hookworm, etc. also exist in other animals that are halal for Muslims to consume – chicken, cows, buffalo, fish and so on.
Unless you consume raw meat (from any animal) infested with parasitic worms or their cysts / eggs, there is no danger. In fact, only certain parasitic worms can effectively infect a human.
The pig tapeworm (Taenia solium) can infect humans through undercooked pork, but generally does not cause any symptoms beyond abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhoea or constipation.
Taenia solium worms do not invade the brain, heart, eyes or liver. So claims that they can cause memory loss, heart attack, blindness or liver damage are categorically FALSE.
On the other hand, if one eats food contaminated with human or pig faeces containing tapeworm eggs, that can cause neurocysticercosis, leading to seizures or epilepsy.
We should point out that cattle have a similar tapeworm that can infect humans too – Taenia saginata.
Like pig tapeworms, the beef tapeworm infects humans through raw or undercooked meat, causing similar symptoms – abdominal pains, diarrhoea or constipation, etc.
If you wish to avoid parasitic worms – don’t just avoid pork. AVOID ALL MEAT.
Claim #2 : Pigs Eat Garbage And Human Shit
A pig is a filthy animal as it eats from garbage and human excreta. It will eat anything from urine, dirt, its own feces, decaying animal’s flesh, maggots or decaying vegetables. Eating so much of filth naturally makes them unfit for human consumption. They even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.
Some people may object that farm grown pigs aren’t dirty or filthy to which the response is that they are kept in a combined place where they live together and eat filth which a farmer fail to know.
Our Verdict : FALSE
Pigs are opportunistic omnivores. That means they will eat almost everything they’re fed.
In farms, that may range from corn- and soy-based animal feed to processed food waste. That’s no different from what cattle and poultry are fed.
Do pigs eat insects? Yes, in the wild, pigs will feed on insects, as well as small mammals. However, they mostly eat plants.
Do pigs feed on their own faeces, urine, decaying animal flesh or cancer growths on other pigs or animals? No. Those are just LIES.
Claim #3 : Factory-Farmed Pigs Are Overdosed On Antibiotics
It is estimated that 70 percent of factory-farmed pigs have pneumonia when they go to the slaughterhouse. When so many pigs stay together at a farm they are more prone to diseases and filth. They are given an overdose of anti-biotics and other vaccines to keep them disease free which in turn goes into human body.
Our Verdict : MISLEADING
In intensive farming, up to 30% of a herd may get infected (Taylor, D. J. (1995). Pig Diseases) with up to half the herd dying. So the claim of 70% of factory-farmed pigs getting pneumonia is likely to be fabricated.
It is true that antibiotics are used to prevent diseases in factory-farmed pigs. However, antibiotics are also used to prevent diseases in other factory-farmed animals like cattle, poultry and even fish.
So the statement, while partly true, is intentionally misleading.
We should point out that you can avoid antibiotics in your food by opting for meat harvested from free-range animals, whether they are pigs, chicken or cattle.
Claim #4 : Pork Infects 100,000 Americans A Year With Yersinia Enterocolitica
A 2013 Consumer Reports analysis of U.S. pork chops and ground pork samples found widespread (69 percent) presence of a bacteria called yersinia enterocolitica. This bacterium infects around 100,000 Americans a year, especially children, and can cause fever, diarrhea and abdominal pain in humans.
Our Verdict : MISLEADING
While the claim is accurately sourced from Consumer Reports, it is intentionally misleading.
Yersinia enterocolitica does not just affect pork, but other animal meats like beef and chicken. And it is prevented by adequately cooking the meat.
If we want to be intentionally misleading like Mvslimfeed, we would also point out that Consumer Reports also posted that ground beef and even romain lettuce contaminated with E. coli O1O3 or Salmonella have sickened and even killed people.
The fact of matter is – food safety is a concern whether you are eating pork, beef or vegetables. Stay safe by adequately cooking your food!
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