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article imageNearly 6,000 dead pigs found in Shanghai waterway

By Valerie Benguiat     Mar 13, 2013 in World
Shanghai - The toll of dead pigs fished out of the Huangpu River in Shanghai has risen to almost 6,000, and according to official sources, the number is expected to increase.
According to Shanghai Daily, online posts claimed that dead pigs were also found in waters in the city's Minhang and Fengxian districts, but nothing has been confirmed by the authorities.
Until yesterday, 5,916 carcasses had been recovered and Shanghai’s water quality hadn’t been affected by them.
Regarding where the pigs come from, the authorities haven’t given a specific answer, despite recovering 14 ear tags that point to Jiaxing, in Zhejiang Province.
Spokesman Wang Dengfeng said tags only indicated place of birth. "From what we know, we don't exclude the possibility that the dead pigs found in Shanghai were from Jiaxing. But we are not absolutely sure. The incident is still under investigation.
He added: "Waterways crisscross Jiaxing, Shanghai and Jiangsu Province, and Jiaxing is a low-lying area, so water doesn't necessarily flow from Jiaxing to Shanghai."
Shanghai Daily reported that 10,078 pigs in January and 8,325 in February died in a village in Jiaxing. The causes were not noted, but China Daily reported that the pigs might have succumbed to cold weather.
Jiang Hao, the deputy director of the Jiaxing Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Bureau, said farmers think "dead pigs are inauspicious” and they dump the bodies to the water because they “are unaware of environmental protection and law knowledge."
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