24.01.2023 - 18:09 / dailyrecord.co.uk
A butcher has died after a pig being stunned inside a slaughterhouse retaliated and caused the man to sustain a fatal wound from a 15-inch meat cleaver. The butcher had shot the animal with an electric stun gun but in a brutal turn of events, the pig recovered and killed the 61-year-old man in the ensuing struggle.
Police say the butcher who worked at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse near Hong Kong's border with mainland China suffered the deadly blow after the squirming pig knocked him to the ground, Hull Live reports. He was shortly discovered by a colleague who found him unconscious with a cleaver in his hand and a wound on his left foot before he was later pronounced dead at hospital.
The region's labour department announced it had launched an investigation into the incident and expressed its 'deepest sympathy' to the butcher's family. It has not been confirmed whether or not the valiant pig managed to escape death.
In a statement, the department said: “The Labour Department is saddened by the death of the person and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family. We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the accident, ascertain the liability of the duty holders and recommend improvement measures."
Pigs are not considered violent animals and usually only act defensive when protecting their young. They are intelligent animals with a capacity for social interaction, emotional cognition, ability to feel pain and conduct hygiene routines.
The incident came after it was revealed that little to not action was being taken against workers in UK abattoirs where animals being taken for slaughter were suffering from abuse before their deaths despite the presence of CCTV cameras. It was claimed that