Hundreds of pigs, dogs die in Chinese city—officials



BEIJING—Chinese health officials and police were Wednesday probing the mysterious deaths of hundreds of pigs and dogs whose carcasses were discovered in a central Chinese city, authorities said.

A total of 410 pigs and 122 dogs died Monday in a village within the city of Yanshi, according to a statement on the city’s website. The deaths came after the discovery of more than 16,000 dead pigs last month in Shanghai’s main river sparked public health concerns.

The statement said that livestock experts have eliminated an animal epidemic or the H7N9 strain of bird flu as the cause of the deaths of the pigs and dogs.

But all chemical plants in the area near to where the dead animals were found have been ordered to suspend operations, their power supplies have been cut off and managers are not allowed to leave as part of a police probe, the statement said.

The state-run Xinhua news agency reported that some village residents blamed the deaths on gas emissions from a local chemical plant, saying there had been an “extremely strong odor” on Monday morning.

The city of Yanshi, located in central China’s Henan province, has a population of 558,800 people, according to Chinese government figures.

The deaths of the pigs found in Shanghai’s Huangpu river, which supplies almost a quarter of the commercial city’s drinking water, highlighted public health fears in China.

Authorities announced about two weeks ago that they had found the H7N9 strain of avian influenza in people for the first time. It has so far killed 16 people and infected 78, mostly in eastern China.

No vaccine to protect against the virus currently exists.

Health authorities in China say they do not know exactly how the virus is spreading, but it is believed to be crossing to humans from birds, triggering mass poultry culls in several cities.

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  • acaldejr

    I am hoping these will not turn into a frozen meat and find its way in any meat markets in the Philippines.

    • divictes

      Not far-fetched. Considering how rampant smuggling is. Just a thought, if that Chinese vessel did not run aground in Tubbataha, would our authorities have caught them?

      • generalproblem

        just in case it comes to phil then the most possible product of this meats are tocino hehehhe

      • AlexanderAmproz

        Poacher and smuggler are as warm welcome by the local Mayors, Coast Guards and DENR as the Dynamite fishing and logging, to the last fish and log, its belongs to the National cultural sick moral values.
        Double dead meat is casual for Pinoy’s, still better than nothing

    • JanofVA

      I wouldn’t be surprised. Beware of low cost frozen meats in US markets and grocery stores.

  • JanofVA

    China is disgusting…they have no quality control whatsoever nor do they care about human casualties of their actions…shame..shame..

    • divictes

      Yeah! And they have the gall to find fault with our bananas ha haha.

  • Guest

    Bantayan mga paligod na pampang at karagatan baka -ismuggled ng mga baboy na inchik yan dito…at iventa ..botcha

  • Akoaykanoy

    I don’t eat in chinese restaurant especially buffett

    • Crazy_horse101010

      you dont see many cats near chinese restaurants in the states and canada

      • AlexanderAmproz

        In Jeddah(Saudi Arabia), long time ago it was full of wild dogs,
        they disappeared the day The Saudi hired Pinoy’s…

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  • gadino

    Watch out! China will probably repack/recycle all that meat into different products for export to the rest of the world.

    • generalproblem

      probably maling wag na kayo bili maling

    • AlexanderAmproz

      This is Good news for the Filipino smugglers/importers.
      Big profits on the way to fill up the poorest and ignorant taon stomachs !
      Fake text books are once a while useful for some abusers !

      On that way, Filipino’s already belonging to the Chinese culture, money at any cost is the rule.

  • RalphGordon

    Ban Chinese meat

    • tarikan

      Ban Chinese!!!!

      • tom_bbt

        kill them

  • Crazy_horse101010

    i dont think they can breath the polluted

    • AlexanderAmproz

      What about Manila and Cebu, do Pinoy’s are anaerobic bacterias or just blind without noses ?

      Passig river and Manila bay are among the World most dirty and polluted Places !

      Cebu creeks and pier are sewages.

  • $26149191

    The world didn’t learned a lesson from China. They bought poison from this country not merchandised.

  • tarikan

    There’d be 122 less dogs to grace that Chinese city restaurant which hangs a notice that reads: No Filipinos and dogs allowed. Pigs are welcome.

  • tarikan

    China can send all the meat of those 410 pigs and 122 dogs to North Korea for humanitarian reason. This is the time to show comradeship to a wanting friend and neighbor. The NoKors have to stop eating their uranium 235 or plutonium 239 at one time in the future.

  • tom_bbt

    the meat are mixed in noodle. cardinal rule no.1 do not buy foods from china

  • dikoy321

    China is beginning to realize all its high GROWTH rates mean NOTHING when the QUALITY and STANDARD of Life is so bad !
    NO MORE BUYING of Chinese products !!!

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  • AlexanderAmproz

    In term of pollutions and dirtiness the Philippines are among the best.

    They are right to be God fearing, a dirtiness tide pandemic could appeared at any times.

    The Philippines is obviously a sanitary time bomb, most of the lands, watershed’s and rivers are already badly polluted !

    Already almost no more forests and fishes left in this former Paradise.

  • AllinLawisFair

    We MUST stop importing meat from China, whether fowl or pork.

  • DirtyHarryLim

    Filthy and disgusting!

  • indiosbravos2002

    Stop accepting Chinese tourist not only because they carry diseases but because they normally become TNT. Once they arrive at 168, they disappear.

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