China pulls 1,000 dead ducks from Sichuan river

Dead pigs along Songjiang, Shanghai - picture released 10/3/13 The news comes amid concerns over the 16,000 dead pigs found in Shanghai’s Huangpu river

Around 1,000 dead ducks have been pulled from a river in southwest China, local officials say.

Residents found the dead ducks in Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, and alerted the environmental department, they said.

Local residents and livestock were not at risk as the river was not used for drinking water, officials added.

The news comes as the toll of dead pigs pulled from Shanghai’s Huangpu river passed 16,000.

Speaking in an interview with China National Radio on Sunday, Liang Weidong, a deputy director in Pengshan’s publicity department, said that the authorities were first made aware of the ducks on Tuesday.

Officials discovered over 50 woven bags which contained the carcasses of around 1,000 ducks in the river.

They were unable to determine the cause of death as some of the ducks were already decomposed, Mr Liang said, adding that the bodies had been disinfected and buried.

An initial investigation suggested that the duck corpses had originated from upstream and were not dumped by local Pengshan farmers, he said.

‘Thick soup’

The news has prompted concern and criticism from some users on weibo, China’s version of Twitter, with many expressing incredulity at the government’s assurance that the water is safe.

“Dead pigs, dead ducks… this soup is getting thicker and thicker,” wrote one person with the username Baby Lucky.

“The dead pigs haven’t even disappeared yet, and now the dead ducks emerge – does this society enjoy being competitive?” wrote netizen sugarandsweet.

“The dead ducks in Pengshan river present us with a very practical problem, and show how society’s bottom line is getting lower and lower,” weibo user If So said.

The news came as Shanghai’s municipal government confirmed that over 16,000 pigs corpses had been pulled from Huangpu river, which supplies drinking water to Shanghai.

The work of fishing out the dead pigs in the river was “basically finished”, the government said in a statement released on Sunday.

Workers have been pulling dead pigs from Huangpu river for the past two weeks, sparking concern amongst residents and on China’s microblogs. It is still not clear where the dead pigs came from.

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Shanghai River Pigs Increasing

The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China’s financial hub of Shanghai has reached 12,566

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BEIJING —The number of dead pigs retrieved from waters in and near China’s financial hub of Shanghai has reached 12,566.

Authorities in Shanghai plucked 611 dead pig carcasses Saturday from Huangpu river, which provides drinking water to the city’s 23 million residents. In total, 8,965 dead pigs have been found in the river since March 8.

The swollen and rotting pigs are largely believed to be from the upstream city of Jiaxing in neighboring Zhejiang province, but Zhao Shumei, a deputy mayor, said it was inconclusive to say all the pigs were from her city.

Jiaxing – where small hog farms are prevalent – reported Friday night that it had recovered 3,601 dead pigs from its streams, according to state media.

The head veterinarian for China’s Agriculture Ministry, Yu Kangzhen, who has traveled to the region to investigate the deaths, told state media Saturday that there has been no major swine epidemic, but said some samples tested positive for the common porcine circovirus and the epidemic diarrhea virus.

Yu also said cold weather and fluctuating temperatures have caused a spike in deaths among baby pigs.

Villagers have told state media that pig dumping is on the rise following police campaigns against the illicit trade of pork products harvested from diseased pigs that were illegally sold, instead of properly disposed of.

In Shanghai, authorities have repeatedly assured residents that tap water is safe, but locals remain worried about water contamination.

In 2012, about 130,000 Jiaxing hog farmers raised more than 7 million pigs, according to state media.

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Number of pigs in Shanghai river rises to 8,354

A photo taken through the window on a boat shows dead pigs collected by sanitation workers from Shanghai's main waterway on March 11;2013.

A photo taken through the window on a boat shows dead pigs collected by sanitation workers from Shanghai’s main waterway on March 11;2013.     Photo Credit: Peter Parks, AFP/Getty Images

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BEIJING – The number of dead pigs found in a Shanghai river that provides drinking water to the Chinese financial hub has risen to 8,354, after local authorities pulled 809 more pigs out of the river on Friday.

The Shanghai municipal government has repeatedly assured the city’s 23 million residents that tap water is safe. Shanghai locals, however, remain worried about water contamination from the swollen and rotting carcasses in the river.

The dead pigs are believed to be from hog farms in the upstream Jiaxing area in neighboring Zhejiang province. A surge in pig dumping has followed police campaigns against the sale of pork products made from diseased pigs.

Chinese state media say one Jiaxing hog farmer has admitted to pig dumping and is under investigation.

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