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.

Tuesday, 7 May, 2013, 4:25pm

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

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

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

Pig carcasses in river result of weather and illnesses, not epidemic: officials

Workers remove pig carcasses near Shanghai. Photo: EPA

The large number of pig carcasses dumped in rivers in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province, was due to a lack of proper disposal facilities for animals that had died on farms from illnesses or the weather, not an outbreak of disease, pig collectors and villagers say.

14 Mar 2013 - 11:06am 1 comment

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

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

Number of dead pigs found in Shanghai river rises to 3,323

Dead pigs are strewn along the riverbanks of Songjiang district in Shanghai, China. Photo: AP

Chinese officials have found a total of 3,323 dead pigs in a Shanghai river as of Monday afternoon and discovered swine virus in one of them, but they have stressed that the disease is not known to be infectious to humans.

11 Mar 2013 - 10:56pm 6 comments

Dozens held after 3-day anti-pollution protest

More than 30 people have been detained and 100 sent for unspecified 'legal education' following three days of protests against pollution from a solar panel factory in Zhejiang province, a local government announced yesterday.

21 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Arrests made in factory protest

Dozens of people have been detained by police in the eastern industrial province of Zhejiang for taking part in a three-night demonstration against a New York-listed solar panel factory that was sparked by environmental concerns.

19 Sep 2011 - 12:00am