A nursery rhyme from China – with apologies to Mother Goose

These little piggies went to market –Pigs to market 1

These little piggies stayed at home –Piggies at home 1

These little piggies were tattooed

Tattooed piggies

Whilst these little piggies went divingDiving pigs

Some little piggies were roasted

Roast pig

But these little piggies floated down the Huangpu River and polluted Shanghai’s water  supply.

Piggies in the Huangpu riverPiggies in the Huangpu river 2





At the latest count some 14,000 dead pigs have been pulled out of the river.   So far no official explanations for the situation have been given but ‘an investigation’ is being conducted. Unknown diseases and viruses have been ruled out.

Rumours abound. One being that some of the pig farmers in Zhejian province up-stream of Shanghai, have been regularly dosing pigs with arsenic which makes their skins appear soft and shiny.  If they get the dosage wrong the pigs die.  Recently there has been a huge government crack-down on black market sales of pork, with many of the black-market dealers rounded-up and arrested. This means that the farmers have had no-one to sell the poisoned dead pig carcasses to on the quiet, so to dispose of the bodies they have just been dumping them in the river.  Of course, the implication of this rumour is that previously the contaminated pork had been entering the food chain, whereas now the pigs just contaminate the water supply.

Sales of bottled water have gone through the roof.

About herschelian

Started my 60s by moving to China with my DH. Surprised to find I am still here in Beijing eight years later - still finding it an adventure!
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2 Responses to A nursery rhyme from China – with apologies to Mother Goose

  1. 14,000 piggies down the drain. What an appalling waste in a country of so many hungry people!

  2. Sheila Taylor says:

    How are they going to establish integrity in their food chain – this is frightening. We think we have issues with horsemeat contamination – nothing in comparison with this.

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