Just for a moment, I want you to imagine being the only pig in Afghanistan. Because that's the role played by this poor porker, who's just been quarantined in Kabul Zoo in order to reassure visitors they wont catch swine flu from him/her. To be fair to the zoo staff, they don't actually think the pig is a danger, but they point out that many visitors wont have the required knowledge about swine flu and so may be worried they can catch it when they see the pig.
At least this pig, a gift from a zoo in China (why, with the whole animal kingdom to choose from, would you send a zoo in Afghanistan a pig?), has ended up with a better deal than the 400,000 pigs in Egypt, which look set to be culled by order of the government. But there's no doubt pigs have been getting a raw deal from the religious during this swine flu outbreak. Which leaves me thinking - maybe it's time humanists stood up for our porcine pals?