Number of dead pigs flooding Shanghai river rises to nearly 6,000


Chinese officials maintain that the drinking water is still safe despite the surge in swine found in the city’s Huangpu River. The carcasses are believed to have been dumped by farmers following police efforts to halt the illegal trade of pork products from diseased pigs.

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 3:10 PM
A dead pig floats on the river Monday, March 11, 2013 on the outskirts of Shanghai, China. A recent surge in the dumping of dead pigs upstream from Shanghai - with more than 2,800 carcasses floating into the financial hub through Monday - has followed a police campaign to curb the illicit trade in sick pig parts. (AP Photo)

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The Shanghai government announced on Tuesday that some 5,916 swine carcasses have been pulled from the Huangpu River.

BEIJING — The number of dead pigs found floating in a river flowing into Shanghai has reached nearly 6,000.

The Shanghai municipal government said in an online announcement that 5,916 swine carcasses had been retrieved from Huangpu River by 3 p.m. Tuesday, but added that municipal water remains safe.

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City officials say the municipal drinking water is still safe to consume.

The surge in the dumping of dead pigs – believed to be from pig farms in the upstream Jiaxing area in the neighboring Zhejiang province – has followed police campaigns to curb the illicit trade of pork products harvested from diseased pigs.

Shanghai authorities said the city has taken proper measures to safely dispose of the pig carcasses and that the city’s water plants are stepping up efforts to disinfect public water and testing for six common swine viruses.

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Officials believe the carcasses were dumped by farmers in a neighboring province.

The Shanghai government reported no major swine epidemic, widespread pig deaths or dumping of pigs within the city boundaries of Shanghai.

The state-run China News news agency said Monday that Zhejiang province had reported no swine epidemic but that a provincial agriculture official blamed cold weather for the deaths of the pigs.

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Authorities check the dead pigs, not seen, which have been pulled out from the river on Monday.

The official, who was identified only by his family name Gu, told China News that the practice of dumping dead pigs into rivers lingers among some pig farmers in the city of Jiaxing. “We are still introducing the practice of collecting dead pigs,” Gu was quoted as saying.

Shanghai authorities have been pulling out the swollen and rotting pigs, some with their internal organs visible, since Friday – and revolting images of the carcasses in news reports and online blogs have raised public ire against local officials.

Beijing-based writer Li Mingsheng expressed shock when he learned of the latest number of dead pigs in Shanghai.

“This is not only an environmental issue but also a public moral problem,” Li wrote. “What’s been polluted is not only Shanghai’s river water but also the spirit of our country people.”
Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/number-dead-pigs-floating-shanghai-river-rises-6-000-article-1.1286389#ixzz2NPNSv000

Note: The real elephant in the room: What killed all these pigs? I saw mention of a suspected swine virus, which doesn’t make any sense unless it’s an airborne plague that has 9000 pigs dropping dead within day’s of each other.  From what I’ve learned thru researching Earth changes, it sounds like farmers are having problems with massive hydrogen sulfide releases into the environment. See jumpingjackhypothesis.blogspot.comfor more information and preventative measures.

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China: 900 dead pigs in Shanghai river


March 10, 2013

Via The IndependentMystery surrounds discovery of more than 900 dead pigs found floating in Chinese river.

More than 900 dead pigs have been retrieved from a Shanghai river that is a water source for city residents.

According to the city’s water supplies bureau the dead pigs were spotted in a section used as a drinking water source for Shanghai residents.

Officials say the water quality has not been affected and they are investigating where the pigs came from.

The China Daily news website reports that environmental protection and water supplies authorities have increased quality checks at water intakes and across the water disinfection process.

A statement posted Saturday on the city’s Agriculture Committee’s website says they haven’t found any evidence that the pigs were dumped into the river or of any animal epidemic.

The statement says the city and Songjiang district governments started retrieving the pigs on Friday night. By late Saturday afternoon they had recovered and disposed of more than 900.

 

UPDATE

March 10, 2013

China: Patrols boosted as dead pigs in creek hit 1,200

Via Shanghai DailyPatrols boosted as dead pigs in creek hit 1,200.

Another 300 or so dead pigs were retrieved from a creek in Songjiang District yesterday morning, making the total number of dead pigs removed from the creek more than 1,200 since last Friday.

The Songjiang District government said it has strengthened patrols on Hengliaojing Creek upstream in Zhejiang Province and found many floating carcasses. The district doubled the number of boats removing carcasses.

Ear tags on the dead pigs could not be made out but the Songjiang agricultural authorities said the dead pigs were likely from Pinghu in Zhejiang Province’s Jiaxing City and some places in Jiangsu Province.

Shanghai collects dead pigs from farmers for biological treatment and farmers can receive some compensation for the loss. There is no such mechanism in Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces. The pig farmers there simply discard dead pigs in rivers, according to Jiaxing Daily.

Zhulin Village, which has the largest pig breeding program in Zhejiang Province, experienced many swine deaths this year. More than 10,000 pigs died in January, over 8,000 in February and more than 300 every day this month. It was not known if the dead pigs came from the village, the newspaper said.

The Songjiang Environmental Protection Bureau has started frequent checks on water quality since Friday. No water pollution has been detected.

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Note: As per Jumpingjackflashhypothesis.blogspot.com, there’s a good chance these mass pig deaths are related to the methane / hydrogen sulfide expulsion event.