Pig kills butcher in slaughterhouse
- A man at a slaughterhouse in Hong Kong has been found dead with carving knife injuries
- Police suspect a pig struggled free, knocked over the butcher and killed him
A stunned pig killed a butcher on his way to slaughter in Hong Kong.
Police said the 61-year-old butcher had shot the animal with a stun gun to slaughter it when it regained consciousness and knocked him over.
A colleague from the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse in northern Hong Kong found the butcher with a carving knife still in his hand and an injured left foot.
While police have yet to determine the cause of death, it appears the butcher was knocked over by the struggling pig on Friday and sustained a wound from the 16-inch blade.
Police say the pig regained consciousness and knocked over the butcher before dying
The butcher was taken to hospital, but was later pronounced dead.
The Hong Kong Labor Department has launched an investigation and will recommend safety improvements.
A spokesperson said“The Labor Department is saddened by the death of the person and extends its deepest condolences to his family.”
“We will complete the investigation as quickly as possible to determine the cause of the accident, determine the liability of those responsible and recommend improvement measures.”
The butcher was found by a colleague at the Shueng Shui Slaughterhouse in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, which oversees the slaughterhouse, expressed its condolences to the butcher’s family.
It is unclear whether the pig managed to escape.
Pigs are considered highly intelligent due to their capacity for social interaction, emotional contagion, ability to feel pain and general hygiene.
They are rarely violent animals, except when protecting their young.