If you think these pigs are strange looking, you are right. They have double the muscle of a healthy pig. And they are intentionally being bred to have this condition. Scientists manipulated their genes to create this monstrous looking beast.
These huge pigs look just like they’ve been on steroids and hitting the gym. But in actuality, their gene has been modified to carry the double muscle. Why and who is responsible for playing with creation? It’s being done in both South Korea and China.
And the reason for these chemically enhanced looking pigs is because more people want to eat more meat.
Jin-Soo Kim, a molecular biologist with Seoul National University, leads the work.
Kim says “We could do this through breeding. But then it would take decades.”
Kim said to Science journal Nature that a quicker way to create the perfect pig to slaughter was by altering their genes. And the team has produced more than 30 of these piglets.
You can see the giant muscled pigs gobble up feed which then turns into muscle. South Korea wants to head off any possibility of a bacon shortage.
Some critics are saying this is nothing more than playing God to serve mankind. The end goal is to have double the meat to in theory feed double the number of people.
Kim’s team have by-passed the breeding method to obtain these giant pigs by messing with a “myostatin gene.” That gene usually keeps the growth of muscle in check. Once the gene is altered, it causes the animal to be more than twice their average size. With more muscle, there’s less fat and more meat to be eaten.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also released a statement:
Mimi Bekhechi, PETA Director of International Programmes told Sun Online: “Hulk-like pigs are the stuff of nightmares, not meals, and those who are genetically engineered are also likely to be born with painful health issues.
“When South Korean and Chinese scientists created 32 double-muscled piglets in 2015, only one was considered even marginally healthy.”
Kim says this is a safe method since it is just editing a creature’s gene versus transplanting from a different species.
This Belgian Blue cow with double the muscle was created by cross-breeding, not gene editing, but it took decades to accomplish.
Kim’s team hopes to have the sperm of these piglets shipped worldwide for the production of these double muscled pigs.
Currently, no countries are allowing its people to eat genetically modified products.