Monday Diseased dead pigs from 2013 dug up
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.