16,000 dead pigs pulled out of Shanghai RiverBy Mason White 6:46 PM March 24, 2013
|Workers picking up dead pigsE|
By: John Roberts
(Scroll down for video) The Chinese keep pulling dead pigs out of the Shanghai River, according to press reports in China.
The number of dead pigs recovered in the last two weeks of the river that supplies water to Shanghai has risen to over 16,000.
The government in the financial center of China said Thursday that 10,570 dead pigs have been removed from the Huangpu River. That is in addition to 5,528 pigs recovered from the river upstream in the area of Jiaxing Zhejiang province.
Authorities give daily updates to reassure the public that the evidence shows that the water of the Shanghai River is safe, but no official explanation has been given for the thousands of dead pigs.
Pig farmers have told state media that the dumping of pig carcasses is increasing because the police have started to crack down on the illegal sale of pork products made from dead pigs.
A local newspaper reported that court documents showed that three men were sentenced to life imprisonment in Jiaxing last November after purchasing dead pigs in order to sell the meat.