Malaysia culled about 50,000 pigs in southern Malacca state this week after complaints about the stench and pollution by the animals, press agency Reuters reports.
Officials denied there had been a disease outbreak.
Ethnic Chinese in multiracial Malaysia love pork, however, Malaysia’s majority Muslim population frowns on consumption of it.
Malacca does not want to emerge as Malaysia’s biggest pig producer, with a swine population estimated at 160,000, state chief minister Mohamad Ali Rustam said last month, according to media reports.
Farmers said the pigs were perfectly healthy and did not cause any pollution.
An official of the Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations of Malaysia said, “It is not fair, these pigs are healthy and they are not really a source of pollution because many farms do practice good waste disposal habits,” said the official, who declined to be named.
â€¢ Malaysian Federation of Livestock Farmers’ Associations
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