We, as an NGO, have very serious concerns about the welfare of the animals involved with this incident.
Lets go back to 2011 and an incident in South Korea. I remembering covering it at the time with SAV, and it disgusted me then, as it still does today. Thousands of pigs BURIED ALIVE !
Lets face it and be truthful; I am not afraid to say; the Far East (China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan etc) do not really give a damn when it comes to the welfare of animals. They claim to be modern and very ‘hip’ with their mobile phone technology; but with other issues such as the treatment of sentient beings; they still live in the dark ages.
I will be trying to get more info on exactly how these animals were culled and by what means. I will be publishing it as a separate post if and when I get answers. In the meantime have a look at what I covered way back in 2011. Have things changed ? – I have concerns that they have not. With the way that they intensively rear pigs, sadly I look at these nations as simple folk who will do the easiest and cheapest method of anything when it comes to keeping them and their welfare.
I don’t apologise for anything I say – to me, they are all heathens. I do see it as a kind of ‘Karma’ – the pig bites back; this is what happens when you cause them immense suffering in their pitiful; suffering ‘lives’; and treat them with the utmost disrespect.
Such is the Far east and animal ‘welfare’.
Old post links from SAV 2011:
Hong Kong culls 6,000 pigs after African swine fever found
Incurable virus detected in a pig imported from Guangdong province in mainland China
Hong Kong will cull 6,000 pigs after its first ever case of African swine fever was found in an animal at a slaughterhouse close to the border with mainland China.
African swine fever hits Chinese pork industry in run-up to New Year
Sophia Chan, Hong Kong’s secretary for food and health, said the incurable virus was found in a pig imported from a farm in Guangdong province on the mainland where an outbreak has devastated herds.
Pork is China’s staple meat and its price and availability is considered a matter of national concern. Shortfalls in supply have increased demand for pork from producers in the US, with whom China is locked in a tariff battle.
Chan said the culling was necessary so that thorough cleansing and disinfection could be conducted. Operations at the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse would be suspended until the disinfection work was completed, she said. “We will enhance the surveillance and also testing of pigs, and currently we collect samples from pigs with ASF symptoms for testing, and in the future we will step up the sampling of other pigs for testing.”
The territory’s fresh pork supply would be reduced in the near future but there would still be a limited supply of live pigs available from another slaughterhouse, she said.
Unlike swine flu, African swine fever cannot be transmitted to humans and Chan said well-cooked pork remained safe for consumption.
Concerns about the spread of African swine fever to the US recently led organisers to cancel the World Pork Expo scheduled for June in the state of Iowa. Denmark has begun erecting a 70km fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of the fever, which could jeopardise the country’s valuable pork industry. Russia has been hit hard and some have speculated the Chinese outbreak may have originated from there.