Now there's YouTube videos of Egypt's pig cull.
It is really something to see squealing live pigs poured out of a bucket and dumped into a truck full of yet more squealing pigs. Here 's one video. Here's another.
I'm reminded of Youatt's book (1847):
The Pig A Treatise on the Breeds, Management, Feeding, and Medical Treatment, of Swine
The incredible destruction of this pig cull is astounding.
Although the pigs are safe to eat, they are killing them too quickly for people to eat them, resulting in tremendous waste of pork.
There's a caste of people who survive by feeding their pigs garbage. Destroying the pigs means those people now have to do something else to earn a living - which may or may not be possible.
The pigs are part of Cairo's waste processing system. Destroying the pigs means more food for rodents and other vermin - so one can expect the pig cull to lead to more disease problems down the road.
Finally, they are killing off their local breed of pig. They've got a small, disease-resistant, parasite-resistant pig that does well in some of the worst conditions possible. These have to be some of the easiest keepers around. Should they need to repopulate, they won't easily find such pigs. The problem will be like that of repopulating Haiti's pigs.
I really feel for the fate of the pigs. All they want is to be left alone to sift through the garbage a few hours a day, breed and when necessary, rear their young. The pigs are so tough, they don't need the people. They just want to do their own thing. That's very different from the "poor doing" pigs that most farmers raise - they need high-quality feed and housing to keep them going.
I'm again reminded of Youatt:
The Pig A Treatise on the Breeds, Management, Feeding, and Medical Treatment, of Swine...