If you talk with Jews who don't keep Kosher, but follow other aspects of the faith, they will often excuse their not being Kosher with something like this: ''Well, those laws don't really apply to modern times. Back then, it made good sense to avoid eating pork, it was more dangerous to eat it back then. Now with modern sanitation, there's no real risk to pork.'' The idea being that somehow pork was more unsanitary than meat from goats, sheep, cows etc. That seems completely made up to me. But I don't know. Is there anything about pork making it more likely to get you sick than other meats? The best I can come up with is that pork itself isn't the problem, as long as you cook it through, but that domesticated pigs did in fact transfer disease to humans when alive. Whether they did that more than lambs, goats, or cows, I don't know.