China Vows to Tackle Dead Pig Scam Amid Swine Fever Epidemic

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China Vows to Tackle Dead Pig Scam Amid Swine Fever Epidemic
China Vows to Tackle Dead Pig Scam Amid Swine Fever Epidemic

The agriculture ministry said that criminal gangs in China are faking outbreaks of African swine fever on farms free of the disease. Then, they force farmers to sell their healthy pigs at sharply lower prices. The gangs are taking advantage of a highly infectious disease that has spread across much of the country and disrupted the world’s biggest pork market.

The scam involves dumping dead pigs on farms and then spreading rumors that the farms are infected with African swine fever. The gangs then pressure farmers to sell their hogs at lower prices, violating farmers’ rights and affecting normal pig production.

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