If Pigs Could Float

If pigs could fly. Well, they do float. At least when dead. More than 2,000 bloated pig carcasses have been fished out of the Huangpu River at Songjiang on the outskirts of Shanghai. It is not unusual to see all sorts of pollutants in China’s rivers, including dead pigs, if not on this scale. It is not clear how the pigs got into the river, or who dumped them in it, but there are plenty of pig farms upstream. Authorities say there is no cause for concern over the quality of drinking water taken from the river, but this unusual case seems set to become a touchstone for popular concerns about environmental pollution.

Update: Authorities say the number is now up to 2,800 dead pigs, that the animals came from Jiaxing City in  Zhejiang, and that the pig virus, PVC (porcine circovirus, which is not known to infect or cause disease in humans), had been found in one water sample.

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