People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took credit for this year’s cancellation of World Pork Expo during a demonstration outside of the National Pork Producers Council’s headquarters. NPPC cancelled the 2001 WPX in an effort to be proactive in preventing the introduction of foot-and-mouth disease in the United States.

The group that threatened to spread the disease at events such as World Pork Expo today took credit for canceling an event it had planned to terrorize. "While foot-and-mouth disease was devastating the European countries, PETA's own Ingrid Newkirk went so far as to suggest that they should introduce the disease here in the U.S.,” says Determan. That suggests ecoterrorism at the least and a horrible lack of respect for the animals at best," she adds.

The goal of animal rights protestors is to end animal agriculture. Part of responsibility for livestock is to keep them safe. Biosecurity is not new to pork producers. "We urge all producers to continue their diligence to biosecurity methods used everyday in their operations," Determan said. "Effective biosecurity is critical in protecting our herds."

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