BEIJING - The Year of the Pig can't come soon enough for one herd of swine in
southern China after hundreds of them were left without food and water because
of a lease dispute, local media reported.
With the new Chinese Year of the Pig due to begin on February 18, the
Yangcheng Evening News said dozens of young men chased away farmers and stopped
them from tending to their swine for over a day until local officials
"Most pigs were so hungry and thirsty that they were not even able to stand
and only huddled together, with some piglets lying lifeless," the newspaper
Two animal rights groups in northern China meanwhile seized about 400 stray
cats from a market vendor in Tianjin city who was to sell them to restaurants
and fur dealers, the Beijing News said.
The cats, many of whom had been abused by their owners, were shipped to
Beijing on Sunday to await adopters but members of the two groups faced charges
of disrupting business and assaulting police, the newspaper said.