We feel that nothing will really be learned from this. China and the world will sort this out by killing tens / hundreds of thousands of pigs; without asking themselves if their farming practices and transport regulations (or lack of) have anything to do with it.
From this negative attitude we can only assume that very little will be learned. Huge and intensive factory farms will continue; and when there is an outbreak of disease or virus; the ‘simple’ solution to slaughter tens of thousands of animals is adopted. Once this is done; things will resort to ‘normal’ cruelty and the mass production of pork; without giving a thought for the welfare of sentient beings, can begin again.
It is a very, very sad situation, when living animals become literally ‘products’ to be trashed whenever the mighty human wishes. Shame on them all – pity that they claim to be so intelligent; where as the reality says they have brains full of pig dung.
China reports new African swine fever outbreak in Liaoning province
BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s agriculture ministry said on Monday that 14 pigs have died in a fresh outbreak of African swine fever in the province of Liaoning.
The outbreak in the city of Anshan is the fifth reported in the northeastern province.
China has so far reported some 30 outbreaks of the pig disease, which does not affect humans.
China’s Dabeinong reports suspected African swine fever case on related farm: Report
Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-s-dabeinong-reports-suspected-african-swine-fever-case-on-10831806
One of China’s top animal feed producers said on Tuesday an affiliated firm has culled nearly 20,000 pigs due to a suspected case of African swine fever, according to a report by the China Securities Journal.
ASF China: Commercial farm hit; virus reaches Tianjin
African Swine Fever (ASF) appears to have gotten out of control in China. The authorities have reported the first large commercial farm to have been hit, the Tianjin municipality is the 9th province to confirm an outbreak – and it looks like there is more going than is being confirmed through official channels.
The commercial farm that was hit had 19,938 pigs on-site, according to the Chinese authorities.
With regard African Swine Fever, China is now burying pigs alive to combat the issue.
12 September 2018
We have received disturbing footage showing pigs being buried alive in China. Apparently, this is a response to a recent outbreak of African Swine Fever.
Please note that this is distressing footage:
shows pigs being dropped from a lorry into a deep pit and then, while still alive, being covered by earth.
A matter of urgency
We have written to the Chinese Ambassador, urging the authorities in Beijing to halt this cruel killing method as a matter of urgency.
The burying alive of animals is clearly horrific. It is in breach of the international OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) standards on the Killing of Animals for Disease Control Purposes.
There is a long history in several countries of the use of inhumane methods to kill animals when authorities want to halt the spread of a disease. In 2013, tens of thousands of newly hatched poultry were killed by being immersed in boiling water, in China’s Guangdong province during the outbreak of bird flu. Also in 2013, footage showed pigs apparently being burned alive in Russia to control the spread of African Swine Fever.
When animals are to be killed to halt the spread of disease, it is vital that they are killed in accordance with the OIE standards. Nearly all the world’s countries are members of the OIE. We urge them to respect and comply with the OIE standards.
We stand ready to advise any country faced with needing to kill animals in the event of a disease outbreak as to the most humane methods available.