A video has been viewed tens of thousands times on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim that it shows the hybrid offspring of a cow and a pig. The claim is false; the video has circulated online since at least 2014 in reports about a Belgian Blue bull, a muscular cattle breed from Belgium.
The 51-second video was being posted here on Facebook on February 2, 2021.
Translated to English, the Indonesian and Arabic post reads: "Peace be upon you "So what is the law if it is slaughtered and consumed by us Muslims. Cow and Pig Cross Breeding??? I ask Allah for forgiveness."
Some of the posts claim that the cross-breeding is done in Australia and New Zealand for export to Muslim countries.
The claim, however, is false.
A reverse image search using InVID-WeVerify, followed by keyword searches on Google, found this YouTube video, which was posted on the channel of the Belgian-based Association Wallonne des Eleveurs (AWE), or the Walloon Breeding Association, on February 4, 2014.
The 51-second video is titled: "RESISTANT d'au Chêne". The caption reads: "Insemination bull BBB AWE BBG."
The website also explains that the Belgian Blue breed originated from crossing the local Belgian dairy cattle with a Shorthorn cattle breed from the UK in the 19th century. After World War II, the breeding began to focus on development of the muscle structure.
Below is the screenshot comparison of the footage in the misleading post (L) and the original AWE video (R):
Other footage of Resistant was also posted here on the Facebook page of Blanc Bleu Belge, the Belgian White Blue, on April 5, 2014.
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