The Humane Society is not pleased, nor should any of us be pleased. I understand the need for shock value and attention-grabbing stunts, but I'm not sure abandoning pigs in the hot sun in suburban Ottawa is really the way to go.
If the stunt were not so cruel, the incoherence would be quite funny. In what way can the naming of the swine flu be attributed to Dalton McGuinty? Further, I haven't heard anyone in the media refer to 'swine flu' in months. Everyone seems to have switched over to the much more clinical sounding 'H1N1'.
So, their protest against the name 'swine flu' seems to have achieved three things:
- Painting themselves as perpetrators of animal cruelty;
- Showing themselves to have not fully thought through the issue; and,
- Bringing the term 'swine flu' back into the news.