16,000 dead pigs, 1,000 dead ducks found in China rivers

The river is used as drinking water by residents

PENGSHAN COUNTY, China - The number of dead pigs found in Chinese rivers has risen to 16,000 as of this week, and 1,000 ducks were found floating down the South River in Pengshan County.

The dead pigs were recovered within the last two weeks in rivers that supply water to Shanghai. No official explanation was given for the massive pig-carcass dumping, but authorities have assured the public that tests have shown Shanghai's water to be safe.

No one knows why the ducks were disposed of on the riverbank, but hog farmers have said that pig carcasses were being dumped because the police cracked down on the illicit sale of pork products made from dead and diseased pigs.

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