Wang Xianjun, a government worker for Zhulin village, told the newspaper that villagers were breeding too many pigs.
Wang said the village had 10,078 dead pigs in January and another 8,325 in February. "We have limited land in the village," he said. "We do not have that much land for burial."
"We know there is some illegal trade in sick and dead pigs in some places of China," said Zheng Fengtian, a professor at the School of Agricultural Economics and Rural Development at Renmin University in Beijing.
"According to the law, dead pigs must be burned or buried, but if there is not enough regulatory monitoring, it's possible some of them will be sold into the market at low prices," he said, adding that it isn't known how serious the problem is.
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