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OVER DINNER in the central Chinese city of Kaifeng, 68-year-old Zhao Xiangru put down his chopsticks. "I was born in Kaifeng in 1930," he said. "My ancestors were Jewish, I have got Jewish blood. All of this was given by God, it is not a personal choice. I feel proud that I am a Jew." Conspicuously absent from the table, given that this was China, was any pork.

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Sir: Pigs are certainly "intelligent, gutsy creatures" (letter, 19 January), but I dispute that they would rather we did not eat them.

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By keeping his own pig, Paul Richardson jeopardises the health of all pigs in the UK ("Bringing home the bacon", Real Life, 11 May). He is obviously unaware that classical swine fever is rife in the Netherlands, with cases also in Germany, Belgium and Italy. The virus that causes this serious disease survives in improperly cooked or cured pig meat, much of which is imported from Holland, and for this reason it is illegal to give waste food to pigs except under controlled conditions and under licence. He also seems unaware that the movement of pigs is controlled by law so that if a serious disease like swine fever occurs, all possible in-contact stock can be traced.

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