New job opportunity: Chinese fishermen find excavating dead pigs from rivers more profitable than fishing as fish is harder to find in the polluted waters

Updated:Thu, Apr 4, 2013 09:40 AM   By Bernd Chang

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Fishermen start off to excavate dead pigs in local rivers and ditches after dumping a half boat of pig carcasses in the riverside dumping pit in Henggang village, Xinfeng Town, Jiaxing city, Zhejiang province, March 15, 2013.

Many fishermen in China’s Zhejiang province have taken a new career path after no fish can be found in the rivers. Instead of catching fish, they are being paid to fish dead pigs in the polluted waters.
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Chinese government appears to have kept its promise of making every effort to creating more job opportunities for its citizens.

After internet opinion guiders, China establishes its unique service industry: fishing dead pigs from rivers and ditches, which provides numerous job opportunities across the country.

But the job is not one that everyone likes to do, although it is much better paid compared to fishing in the polluted waters of China where fish has been harder and harder to find.

More than 10,000 dead pigs have been pulled out of a Shanghai Huangpu river that provides drinking water to 23 million people over two weeks, raising health concerns.

As the Shanghai dead pigs scandal evolves into public relationship crisis for the Shanghai government, officials in Shanghai quickly point finger at its neighbor, blaming Jiaxing, a city in Zhejiang Province, is the source of the floating corpses found in Shanghai’s Huangpu River.

Reporters from Hunan based Xiaoxiang Morning News conducted an investigation in Jiaxing and found something interesting and bizarre to the readers.

Instead of trying to catch fish in China’s polluted waters, fishermen in Jiaxing city of Zhejiang province have been given a new job opportunity – removing animal carcasses from local rivers.

The new job also means a pay rise – they can now earn up to 150 yuan a day. This is a significant rise for many fishermen as fish are becoming harder to find in China due to heavy water pollution across the country.

But this job is not as pleasant as catching fishes at all.

Jiaxing villager Xu Yumei was offered a 150 yuan a day to remove dead pigs from a local river last year. She took the job for four days - then gave up. “It was too smelly,” Xu told Xiaoxiang Morning Herald.

But another villager and former fishermen, Chen Qiaogen has gone on with the job, saying he could do the job as long as he could make money.

 

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