The Egyptian government initially said it called for the killing in part to prevent panic. Other countries have restricted or banned pigs and pork imports, even though the World Health Organization (WHO) has said eating pork is safe. More recently an agriculture minister in Egypt said the cull would diminish the unsanitary farming conditions in which pigs are reared in garbage-filled slums, per The Times.
Some allege the decision was prompted by religious discrimination, as pig farmers are predominantly part of the Coptic Christian minority.
Twitterers discussed the scientific merits of the situation and WHO's response.
An earlier report by Breaking Tweets examined the response to the news from Twitterers in Egypt.