hina has been rapidly urbanizing, moving millions of people from their rural farms out in the countryside to modern high-rise apartment buildings. Apparently, they are now intent on repeating this process but with pigs.
On Yaji Mountain in China’s southern Guangxi region a seven-story “hotel” has been built that’s just for piglets. Each floor is said to be able to accommodate 1,000 of the little porkers.
Though, using the term “hotel” for this type of building is a bit misleading. Rather than being pampered with room service and spa treatments, the piglets instead are subject to all of the cruelties of modern, intensive farming methods, only in a vertical setting that looks more like a cross between a factory and a prison than a Hog Hilton.
And, of course, there is no checking out of this “hotel” alive.
According to Reuters, a farming company called Guangxi Yangxiang Co Ltd is currently building four more of these “hog hotels,” two of which will be 13 stories tall, making them the tallest buildings of their kind in the world.
Farmers in Europe have experimented in the past with two or three story buildings of this variety, but without much success in land where industrial-scale pig farming is generally something that is frowned upon by the public.
However, we’d expect this mass piggy urbanization movement to be met with much less resistance in China. Who knows, maybe you’ll soon be getting thousands of new and noisy neighbors.