Swine fever is contagious and killing pigs in China and Vietnam. Authorities are culling them by the millions to stop the spread of the disease, but it means farmers suffer too.
Police in Padua destroyed some 10 tons of pork infected with African swine fever on Wednesday. Italy has banned the import of Chinese pork in hopes of stopping the spread of the disease.
An African swine fever outbreak has decimated China's pork stocks, keeping food prices high and contributing to overall high inflation. The high prices will make Chinese New Year's feasts more expensive.
A 50% collapse in Chinese pork production due to the swine fever epidemic could prompt price rises for schnitzel in Europe. A bidding war with the world's largest consumer of pork products is now underway.
Social media users have complained about the use of a live hog to mark the opening of a bungee jumping attraction near Chongqing. The pig was attached to a bungee cord before being pushed from a height of 70 meters.
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