A Romanian minister has shockingly compared the incineration of dead pigs infected with swine fever to the slaughter of Jews at Auschwitz, according to reports.
Agriculture Minister Petre Daea made his crass comment during a TV interview as he discussed measures to stem the spread of the disease at a breeding farm in southern Romania where more than 44,500 pigs were killed.
“There is no antidote, there is no vaccine, no medicine, the only way is to sacrifice them. The pigs are incinerated, it’s a terrible job. It’s like Auschwitz in there,” he said Tuesday, referring to the highly contagious disease that causes fatal hemorrhages in pigs, according to Balkan Insight.
The Israeli embassy in the Romanian capital of Bucharest expressed the Jewish state’s revulsion at Daea’s words.
“We hope … that such an association was made by Minister Daea because of the lack of in-depth information on what the Holocaust and Auschwitz are, without the intention of dishonoring the memory of millions of victims,” the embassy said in a statement.
Daea apologized Thursday.
“I respect all the members of the Jewish community and clarify that I only wished to describe the difficult situation facing Romanian breeders due to the African swine fever,” the social Democrat said in a statement.
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