13,000 Dead Pigs Dumped in A China River, But Who Is Guilty?

posted by admin @ 9:22 AM
March 22, 2013

china_dead_pigs    Well I’ve made it back to the East.  After assigning U.S. nuclear plant spills to others, Jael let me go. Other than broken water coolers in nuclear storage tanks, things are calm in Japan.  Stories abound on North Korea’s promise to bomb the U.S. and our allies to kingdom come. Only news about thousands of dead pigs found in China’s river take up more print and internet space.

Everyone already knows of the dreadful conditions of air and water quality in China. But these dead pigs mysteriously floating in a Shanghai river bring water pollution to a whole new level. It also casts shadows on China’s farm regulations.

By this week’s count, some 13,000 dead pigs have been pulled out of the Huangpu River, which flows through a major Shanghai commercial area, and supplies 22% of the drinking water for 23 million people living there.

The ‘pig dumping’ may comes from reaction to police campaigns against diseased pig meat showing up in area markets.  Associated Press (AP) reports, 46 people were sent to jail “for producing unsafe pork from sick pigs that they had acquired and slaughtered between 2010 and 2012.”

Those convicted are part of a gang that “acquired” diseased pigs. “The official Xinhua News Agency said police in the city of Wenling had seized 6,218 kilograms (13,708 pounds) of diseased pork,”  AP writes.

Pork is king in China’s diet.  Seed Daily and AFP News in Jiaxing say that it accounts for 64 percent of total meat output canned-portin 2012. But: “Thousands of dead pigs in a Shanghai river have cast a spotlight on China’s poorly regulated farm production, with the country’s favorite meat joining a long list of food scares.”

China struggles now to keep the diseased meats from getting into food markets. Pigs drawn out of the river test positive for porcine circovirus, a common swine disorder.  China’s Chief Veterinarian Yu Kangzhen hedges:

“Due to some farming households having a weak recognition of the law, bad habits, and lack of increased supervision and capability for treatment have led to the situation.”  He and other officials insists nonetheless that drinking water is safe.

Other than those few arrests, police have not uncovered the source of this outrageous number of drowned diseased pigs. “ . . . in Zhulin village, a major hog-raising centre in Jiaxing, the farmers claim their innocence in the scandal.”

This incident adds to a list of food industry scandals China has endured in the past few years.  Seed Daily recites:  “From recycled cooking oil to dangerous chemicals in baby milk powder, a series of food scandals in China has caused huge public concern.” Six babies died and 300,000 were sickened from the milk powder.

China is a Communist country which, by national edict, claims no belief in God.  Christian messages in God’s Holy Word demand a moral consciousness in all business dealings. But as, Titus 1:15 teaches:  “ . . . unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.”

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