Randy Butcher Sells Knickers To Cover Swine Fever Losses

Story ByLee BullenSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

A raunchy butcher is selling thongs, briefs and garter belts next to juicy meat fillets in a bid to boost profits in the wake of the African swine fever outbreak that has seen pork sales plummet.

According to local media, the owner of the butcher’s stall in the south-eastern Chinese region of Hong Kong is now selling knickers for 5 HKD (0.5 GBP), bras for 10 HKD (1 GBP) and T-shirts for 20 HKD (2 GBP) to cover his losses.

One stall worker told local media: “I am not sure how long we are going to be doing this, but business has been okay.”

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The revised business model came about when the local authorities discovered the African swine fever (AFS) virus at an abattoir in the town of Sheung Shui in the New Territories region of Hong Kong.

The Food and Health Bureau announced the cull of 6,000 pigs to prevent the spread of the virus, which is not said to be dangerous to humans but fatal to wild boars and pigs.

However, AFS quickly spread from the first known case in Hong Kong across the rest of China and prompted large-scale culls, according to local media.

Supermarkets reportedly stopped stocking pork and outraged pig farmers even threatened to unleash the infected animals into the government headquarters unless they allowed an abattoir in Tsuen Wan to reopen