Dead pigs

Floating dead pigs resurface in China rivers

Workers move dead pigs at a bio-safety disposal in the Zhonglian village of the Jinshan district in Shanghai. Photo: EPA

In the months since authorities fished out more than 10,000 dead pigs from Huangpu River and its tributaries in March, farmers still appear to be disposing of the carcasses the same way. Internet searches for "dead pig" and "river" have resulted in media reports of similar incidents every month since the first stories made international headlines, sparked public outcry and prompted water safety concerns.

Tuesday, 6 August, 2013, 11:18am 3 comments

China's dead pig scandal ushers in hard times for fishermen, farmers

Workers collect dead pigs to deliver to a disposal facility in a Jiaxing village, in east China's Zhejiang province, in March. Photo: AP

Problems associated with water pollution and pig farming in China have been dredged up, but behind the headlines, the story has had a cascading effect on the troubles of the fishermen and pig farmers in the region.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Letters to the Editor, April 1, 2013

Post-referendum celebrations on the Falklands. Photo: AFP

I would like to share with readers more details of our experiences in Sweden, where we have two separate glass recycling systems. For standard drinks containers (glass, PET and aluminium) we have a deposit system. When returned to the supermarket redemption centre for deposit refund, glass bottles are sent back to the beverage factory, cleaned and reused.

1 Apr 2013 - 3:00am 1 comment

Cradle of Communist Party at centre of dead pig fiasco

Workers scour a Jiaxing river for dead pigs last month. Photo: AP

For decades, the river-laced city of Jiaxing in northern Zhejiang province has prided itself as the birthplace of the Chinese Communist Party. Now the party's cradle has acquired another, far less auspicious distinction: the origin of some 20,000 pig carcasses retrieved from Shanghai's Huangpu River and other waterways stretching to the coast.

7 May 2013 - 4:25pm

China's deadly water problem

China's deadly water problem

In the past two weeks, more than 16,000 dead pigs have been fished out of the Huangpu River, near Shanghai, and its tributaries. Outraged Chinese citizens have decried government negligence of the environment, flooding online forums with photos of riverbanks dotted with puce-coloured carcasses.

26 Mar 2013 - 3:28am 4 comments

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

Over 1,000 deads ducks found in Sichuan river

The decomposed bodies of more than a thousand ducks have been found on a river in Pengshan county, Sichuan, following the dumping of more than 10,000 pigs in the Huangpu River in Shanghai earlier this month.

26 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Illegal Zhejiang pork already in food chain

Employed villagers gather dead pigs in a town in Jiaxing municipality, east China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AFP

Just when the scandal surrounding the dumping of dead pigs into a primary drinking water source seemed to be drawing to a close, state-run television station has revealed that illegally processed pigs have been making their way to dining tables for years.

25 Mar 2013 - 11:59pm

Pig carcass furore still raising worries, despite PR campaign

Workers collect dead pigs, to deliver to a biosafety unit, in Zhulin village of Xinfeng township in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. Photo: AP

Officials in China's largest city and in Jiaxing, the suspected source of the dead animals about 100km upstream, as well as the central government, have tried hard to calm the public by insisting there had been no major animal disease outbreak and that pork and water supplies were safe.

24 Mar 2013 - 4:49am

Will dumping of dead pigs make officials clean up their act?

Will dumping of dead pigs make officials clean up their act?

Neither Shanghai nor Jiaxing, in Zhejiang province, have apologised or punished officials since the first of more than 16,000 dead pigs started turning up in the Huangpu River and its tributaries more than two weeks ago.

23 Mar 2013 - 4:42am

Video: NBC's Jay Leno jokes about China's dead pigs

A health worker lowers dead pigs into a processing pit, where the carcasses will be fermented into organic fertilisers in Zhuji city, Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

China's dead pigs are making a name for themselves overseas. Jay Leno, the host of NBC's popular The Tonight Show recently joked about recent reports of dead pigs being left to float in China's rivers. 

23 Mar 2013 - 12:19am 1 comment

Pressure grows in Shanghai over dead pigs in Huangpu River

Workers pull dead pig carcasses from from a river in Jiaxing city. The area produced 4.6 million pigs last year. Photo: AP

Shanghai authorities are under increasing pressure to release detailed information about tests on water in the Huangpu River, from which more than 10,000 dead pigs have been retrieved.

21 Mar 2013 - 5:35am 2 comments

Number of dead pigs pulled from Shanghai rivers nears 15,000

A man rests while his co-workers load bodies of dead pigs picked up in a river into a vehicle in Jiaxing city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

The number of dead pigs found in a river which runs through Shanghai had reached nearly 15,000, officials and reports said on Tuesday, as a newspaper claimed the government was concealing the true tally.

19 Mar 2013 - 10:29pm

Tough times force Zhejiang fishermen to become ‘pig removers’

Workers row a boat while looking for dead pigs in a river in Jiaxing city, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Photo: AP

Instead of trying to catch fish in China’s polluted waters, fishermen in Zhejiang have been given an unpleasant new task – removing dead pigs from local rivers.

The new job also means a pay rise – they can now earn up to 150 yuan a day. This is a significant rise for many fishermen as fish are becoming harder to find in China’s polluted rivers.

19 Mar 2013 - 2:24pm

Two weeks on and still no answers on source of dead pigs found in Shanghai river

Workers pull dead pig carcasses from from a river in Jiaxing city. The area produced 4.6 million pigs last year. Photo: AP

Almost two weeks after dead pigs were first found in Shanghai's Huangpu River, questions about who dumped them, where, and how they died still remain unanswered. So far, about 9,800 dead pigs have been retrieved from the river, which provides more than a fifth of Shanghai's drinking water. Another 3,600 have been retrieved from waterways in neighbouring Jiaxing, in Zhejiang province.

19 Mar 2013 - 5:26pm

Dead pigs pulled from rivers in and near Shanghai top 13,000

A worker hauls away dead pigs with a net in Zhonglian village of Jinshan district in Shanghai. Photo: AP

About 9,500 have been retrieved from the Huangpu River, a source of more than a fifth of the city's drinking water, as workers pulled nearly 500 more pig carcasses from the waterway yesterday. Upstream, the government of Jiaxing said it had recovered around 3,600 from streams in its jurisdiction.

18 Mar 2013 - 5:28am 1 comment