Yesterday evening at least 131 dead pigs were found in the Ganjiang river, a major tributary of the Yangtze, in Jiangxi province. No word yet on the animals’ source, other than “up river,” but hopefully this doesn’t bloom into a March 2013-style 15,000 strong Hogwash.
A photo taken yesterday, March 18th, as recovery crews sweep swine from the river
Mass-dumping dead pigs into Chinese rivers is an uncomfortably common phenomenon, and has been linked to underground markets in illegal (mainly dead before slaughter) pork. The Great Huangpu Clogging of 2013 still lives on in infamy, and many smaller incidents have come and gone in the year that followed.
We’ll call this “disturbing and gross” for now, but if the numbers of pigs increase by, say, ten-fold, we may have to reach deeper for adequate adjectives.