They are concerned that the practice might bring African swine fever virus to Taiwan
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An association of young pig farmers in Taiwan will stage a demonstration in Taipei on Jan. 17 to request the government to totally ban feeding kitchen leftovers to pigs as they are concerned that the practice might bring African swine fever virus to Taiwan, according to a Central News Agency report on Sunday.
The association chairman Guo Jia-yu (郭嘉育) said that even though African swine fever has reached an alarming level in China, Taiwan has not seen a case of the animal disease, the report said.
Guo said that as African swine fever can spread via kitchen leftovers, the planned demonstration has only one goal, and that’s to appeal to the country’s Council of Agriculture (COA) for banning the practice of feeding leftovers to pigs.
He added that many pig farmers still have appalling memories of the scenes of the pig culling amidst the foot-and-mouth disease that ran rampant in Taiwan more than 20 years ago. [FULL STORY]