The number of dead pigs found in the Songjiang section of the Huangpu river, Shanghai’s main water supply, has more than doubled to 5,916 according to an announcement posted on the Shanghai government’s official microblog.
As of March 12, 2013, authorities have salvaged 5,916 dead pigs. Salvage today has started to decline. Plans to improve salvaging include: erection of aquatic plants to improve interception capabilities, increase in frequency of water quality monitoring, to ensure water supply security. At the same time, continuing work in agricultural sector in Zhejiang province, strengthen joint protection and control, resolutely implement preventative measures at the source.
Porcine circovirus is believed to be the cause of the deaths of the majority of the pigs in the river, the disease is not thought to be transmittable to humans. Authorities announced on Tuesday that the increase in pig corpses dumped in the water supply is due to an ongoing campaign to ensure that pork from dead or sick animals does not reach market. Farmers would previously sell the corpses of pigs which died from disease to criminal gangs who would then process it for sale as healthy meat.
“All the pigs in the river finally produced a new breed: the Huangpu River fish. May be eligible for the 2013 Nobel Prize.” Via: @1425447255 (h/t: Bill Bishop).
Beijinger: “We Beijingers are the most fortunate, we can open the window and have free cigarettes.” Shanghainese: “That’s nothing, we turn on our faucets and have pork chop soup!” 北京人：“我们北京人最幸福，打开窗子就有免费的烟。” 上海人：“那算什么，我们打开自来水就是排骨汤！