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This is the moment traffic police find 62 little piglets squealing in the back of a Nissan sedan car which was on a 500-mile journey across the country to a farm.
The 62 piglets have since been seized by the disease prevention officials from Luhe District in Nanjing, capital of East China’s Jiangsu Province.
Footage from the toll station on the Shanghai-Xi’an Expressway shows officers approaching the black Nissan, which has its windows wound down.
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They are audible shocked to find the dozens of little piglets squealing in the back seat of the car as they try to climb to freedom.
The Nissan driver, surnamed Li, revealed he was transferring the young hogs for the owner and farmer, surnamed Wu, who was in the passenger seat.
Li and Wu had purchased the piglets in Jiangsu’s coastal city of Nantong and were on a 500-mile journey to the farmer’s native Henan Province in Central China.
Knowing they would be punished for failing to provide hygiene, quarantine and transportation certificates, the pair decided to travel at night to lower the chances of being caught, the police said.
The pair are expected to be fined for the offence, but it is still unclear exactly how much.
The 62 piglets have been quarantined by disease prevention officials, who will inspect them for African swine fever virus, which has been ravaging China’s pork trade since August 2018.
With the disease widespread across mainland China and neighbouring regions, the country’s huge dependence on pork is being managed by imports from the United States.