Earlier this week, the Chinese internet was moved by reports of thousands of poor pigs stranded inside a factory farm in Anhui with flood waters rising amid a torrential downpour. However, just in the nick of time, a company stepped in and decided to help, saving around 1,000 pigs from their watery graves.
Originally, there was said to be 6,000 soaked sows, but that number was later “corrected” to a mere 3,000 by the factory farm.
People’s Daily reports that only 1,000 of the pigs were mature enough to be slaughtered… so they were the ones “saved.” A rescue team arrived with tractors and trucks, but operation “Save the Bacon” was mired by difficulties with meter-deep water meaning that the pigs could only really be rescued one-by-one.
The Xishang Group, the company heading the rescue, says that the operation was quite expensive. Lu Weishi, a company director told The Paper: “Financially, this is actually a loss for us. But social responsibilities are more important.”
Apart from the 1,000 pigs to be slaughtered, it’s still unclear exactly how many of the poor porkers have been rescued. It’s also not clear how many of the rescued pigs were delivered straight to the slaughterhouse. A manager did say that all of the rescued pigs have passed health inspections… so there’s that. Mission accomplished?
By Amy Yang
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