Mon­day Diseased dead pigs from 2013 dug up

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have dug up the re­mains of hun­dreds, and pos­si­bly thou­sands, of rot­ting car­casses of diseased pigs from three burial sites in the city of Huzhou, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

Five peo­ple sus­pected of the il­le­gal burial of the sick pigs in 2013 have been de­tained.

The city’s en­vi­ron­ment in­spec­tors dug up the de­com­posed car­casses on Aug 30, and then con­tin­ued dig­ging in two other places iden­ti­fied by the sus­pects and by oth­ers who first tipped off author­i­ties, the state­ment said.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors dug in three places and “fin­ished the sort­ing process”, which yielded “2.24 mil­lion met­ric tons” of ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing de­com­posed pig car­casses and sludge, it said.

An ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the city’s pub­lic se­cu­rity bu­reau found that Huzhou In­dus­trial and Med­i­cal Waste Treat­ment Co had dumped and buried the pigs, which died of disease in 2013 and should have been burned to pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

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