Animal deformations are a big problem and are beginning to become more serious as the years go by. Pigs in local farms are beginning to grow extra limbs, spinal, and other body deformations. Ib Peterson, a local butcher noticed that the pigs he uses to feed and the ones he has in his freezer are whole piglets which are really abnormal. These pigs had more bone pigments and were a weird shape. Farmers around the world are beginning to question, what is causing our pigs to do this.
Farmers in Europe began to wonder if it was in the feed. Their feed had special ingredients in it such as GM, a genetically modified type of grain. GM is also used in different ways such as killing weeds and helping crops grow faster and last longer. Farmers and doctors such as Pedersen believed that the largest pork supplier in Europe called Danish crow has such a large amount of deformities because of this drug. They begin to work on this theory by doing tests.
They first began by taking the ingredient out of all the feed. In less than a year there piglets began to go back to normal. Piglets were no longer Siamese and their spines began to fix themselves. Their tails began to curl like they were supposed to and there death rates were lowered, until the Chernobyl incident of 1986.
Animals that lived near the disaster were evacuated along with their owners, but the wild ones were left and they soon began to suffer from radiation. The forests they lived in began to die, and the leaves began to fall off trees, killing them. Animals had no homes and they were unaware their bodies were changing. Newborns had reduced brain size and impaired cognitive abilities because of the damages done to their development of their nervous system. They also began to have deformed toes, tails, or even feathers. Their lungs were shaped wrong and air wasn’t working properly.
In my research I have discovered that humans are causing the most ways for deformities in animals. Either it is from the food we feed them, or the damage we do to their environment. It’s all the same, and our actions can cause animals to have extra limbs, deformed beaks, feathers, or skin. But scientists began to ask,will we eventually kill off a species because of our actions and how we feed livestock. What else caused deformations, and can it be prevented?