China — Where Pigs Go to Die

David Cassuto

Here’s a scary quotation from a scary article:

The fastest growth in meat consumption occurs when people’s income is less than $5,000 per year, and China’s current figure is around $ 3,000, so we are still on the fast track.

So says Ma Chuang, vice secretary-general of China Animal Agricultural Association.    A little context: China is the largest consumer of pigs in the world; it consumes 53% of all the pigs killed in the world.  The country’s 2008 consumption was 46.15 million tons, an increase of 7.6 percent from the previous year.  Naturally, meat-makers all want a piece of the pork-pie, even organic ones.  So a group of investors are creating the Yellow River International Food Industrial Park, which will slaughter 3 million pigs per year and produce 230,000 tons of pig meat.

It is worth noting that the article from which this info comes mentions nothing about how organically raised pigs are better treated and more humanely slaughtered than other factory-farmed animals.  Maybe it’s because they are . . . not?

3 Responses

  1. The word “China” in the context of animal welfare is the only thing left that makes me shudder. After seeing the HSUS video of how fur bearers are “slaughtered” (skinned alive and left to die in a pile), I just have no faith in the ability of that country to do anything to advance animal welfare. China’s growing hunger for meat and animal products is a catastrophe for animals.

  2. China is one of the worst offenders as far as animal abuse goes. They must be taught that animals are souless, for who could skin an animal ALIVE?!? They are brutal uncaring vile people.

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