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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.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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

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

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

Pig toll from Shanghai, Jiaxing rivers climbs above 12,000

Workers row a boat while looking for dead pigs in a river. Photo: AP

Workers had pulled nearly 9,000 dead hogs out of the river in Shanghai and 3,600 in Jiaxing, the source of the carcasses, the two cities' governments said.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:59am

8,000 dead pigs taken out of Huangpu River

One of the more than 8,000 pig carcasses. Photo: AFP

The Ministry of Agriculture has sent a team led by its chief veterinarian to instruct on the treatment of dead pigs in Zhejiang after more than 8,000 carcasses were pulled out of the Huangpu River in neighbouring Shanghai.

16 Mar 2013 - 4:55am 1 comment

Dead pigs show dark side of China food industry

Genuine honey is displayed in a supermarket in Beijing. Chinese state media has quoted the China Bee Products Association as saying that half the honey sold in Chinese markets is fake and costs only one tenth of the price to produce. Photo: AFP

Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favourite meat joining a long list of food scares.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:36pm

More than 7,500 dead pigs found in Shanghai's Huangpu River

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

The number of dead pigs found in Shanghai's Huangpu River rose to more than 7,500 as workers retrieved another 944 yesterday, Shanghai's municipal government said.

15 Mar 2013 - 4:19am

Shanghai river made safe again, officials say, after flood of dead pigs

Workers load dead pigs in Jiaxing. Photo: Reuters

In a statement released on the municipal government's website yesterday, the authorities said the retrieval of dead pigs from a section of the Huangpu River flowing through the southwestern Songjiang district was "basically" complete. Clean water supplies had been restored in the town of Maogang, where the carcasses were first discovered.

13 Mar 2013 - 8:45am 1 comment

Shanghai's dead-pig flotilla needs explaining

Nearly 3,000 dead pigs have been found floating in Shanghai's main waterway, the Chinese city's government said on March 11 as residents expressed fears over possible contamination of drinking water. Photo: AFP

Shanghai residents could be excused for feeling shocked and outraged after the city's waterway was found choked with dead pigs. Over the past week, thousands of rotting carcasses were seen drifting down the river that flows through the city. More disturbing is that little is known about how it happened. Nor do we know what is being done to contain the problem. Given the potential threat to public health in the region, the lack of transparency and protection is regrettable.

13 Mar 2013 - 3:00am

The sacrificial pigs and other Weibo jokes on Shanghai's floating hogs

Five days after the first dead pig surfaced in a river that flows through Shanghai, officials have yet to give answers of where exactly they come from.

The slow response and lack of information has prompted a wave of condemnation on Chinese social websites, adding to the public’s wide distrust of authorities.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am