Caixin
Jul 28, 2022 08:32 PM
TECH

Hog Cannibalism Clip Spotlights Grim Plight of China’s Pork Producers

Agricultural experts told Caixin that cannibalism is not rare in industrialized farming where animals are tightly packed together. Photo: VCG
Agricultural experts told Caixin that cannibalism is not rare in industrialized farming where animals are tightly packed together. Photo: VCG

A 23-second clip of hungry pigs overwhelming and biting one of their kin at a farm run by a leading Chinese pork producer was all it took to spark a stock sell-off — and put a spotlight on the operator’s precarious financial position.

The grim video, titled “Pigs Eating Pigs,” bore a caption saying Jiangxi Zhengbang Technology Co. Ltd. hadn’t fed the hogs for eight days. Posted on the Douyin short-video platform at the weekend by a person claiming to work for the firm, the clip was no longer accessible on Thursday but had already been widely reposted and shared.

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