By Erik Crouch
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A CCTV News investigation into Shanghai’s ridiculously epic pig problem has exposed a seedy underworld of swine-sales. Zhejiang pork dealers have reportedly been buying up dead meat unfit for sale, processing it in illegal centers, and then cycling the products into the legal market. The CCTV report linked a recent crack-down on the Zhejiang illicit pig-trade to the 16,000+ pigs found in Shanghai’s drinking water.
According to South China Morning Post:
Pan Huimin, Jiaxing resident who remains under custody for suspicion of dealing in dead pigs, told CCTV that there was “100 per cent” correlation between his arrest and the dead pigs dumping incident. Local farmers dumped dead pigs in rivers “because nobody buys [them] anymore,” Pan said. […]
Jiaxing authorities have uncovered several cases involving dead pig transactions over the past year. The offenders were reported to have made profits of 8.65 million yuan from processing more than 77,000 dead pigs, CCTV said.
Last November, Jiaxing court sentenced three dead pig butchers to life imprisonment for their crimes.
If CCTV is correct, then Shanghai’s porky water is the result of nervous underground pig dealers getting spooked after one of their own was caught and the market dried up. You know, that old story.