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U.S. military to provide land for burial of pigs culled to prevent spread of swine fever

  • January 12, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported online on Sunday that the U.S. military has accepted Okinawa Mayor Kuwae’s request for the use of land within a military installation to bury thousands of pigs to prevent the spread of swine fever. According to the articles, the U.S. military authorities granted the city’s request to bury them on the land occupied by the Kadena Ammunition Depot. The dailies quoted 18th Wing Commander Brig. Gen. Joel Carey as saying: “Okinawa is our home and we want to do everything we can to help our neighbors. I’m glad that Mayor Kuwae asked for our help and that we were able to provide the assistance he needed.” The mayor reportedly voiced appreciation for the military’s quick response. The city plans to cull close to 4,700 pigs to contain the disease. The papers added that the site in the U.S. installation will only be used when other locations in the municipality are no longer able to accept the culled animals. 

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