Penalties for those who don’t dispose of dead animals properly will be increased, said the government of Xinfeng town in Jiaxing of east China’s Zhejiang Province, after the appearance of thousands of dead pigs in Shanghai’s Huangpu River recently.
“Whoever drops carcasses in the rivers or other public places will be charged 2,000 yuan for fine for each piece, and the person in charge will be detained for seven days,” said Huang Jun, Deputy Mayor of Xinfeng.
A total of 70 percent of Xinfeng household are pig farmers. Last year, 80,000 pigs died, mostly piglets.
The farmers are required to leave dead pigs at special sites, or call the local authority to dispose of them.
Zhong Derong, who is responsible for collecting animal carcasses in Xinfeng, said on average he handles 30 or 40 carcasses every day.
Chen Yunhua, head of Zuwen village in Xinfeng, said a new disposal site, where dead animals will be burned, is under construction.
Their fat can be extracted for usage as the disposal site will be much more efficient, Chen added.
The disposal site will start operating at the end of this year, replacing the existing disposal pits, according to local authority.
The numbers of pig carcasses found in Shanghai’s Huangpu river stood at more than 9,000 by Saturday.
Their ear tags indicate they were born upstream in Jiaxing city.
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