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Japan begins killing thousands of pigs as swine fever spreads

THE STRAITS TIMES: ‘Japanese soldiers and local government officials began slaughtering around 6,600 pigs at a farm in Toyota City in Aichi prefecture following the confirmation of an outbreak of swine fever, also known as hog cholera, there.

Since January, the farm has shipped pigs to six facilities in Nagano, Gifu, Aichi, Mie, Shiga and Osaka prefectures, according to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. It said it had found the virus at all the above places except Mie.

The Nagano prefectural government also started the slaughtering of 2,400 pigs at a farm in the village of Miyada. The government could end up killing a total of 15,000 pigs, Kyodo News agency reported… In late January, the Gifu prefectural government killed about 2,500 hogs in the seventh case of swine fever since September’. SOURCE…

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