Farmers breed ‘polar-bear pigs’ as 79-stone hogs help tackle flu epidemic

Farmers are breeding pigs as big as polar bears to stave off a global bacon crisis.

The 79-stone porkers are being specially farmed to tackle the African flu epidemic which has decimated herds.

Experts in China have taken action by creating the planet’s biggest farm pigs.

Just one of the huge hogs can provide 4,000 sausages or rashers of bacon and tower over normal pigs.

But animal welfare campaigners have warned the pigs could be at risk of heart failure.

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Peter Stevenson, of Compassion in World Farming, said: “The largest pigs in Europe, bred for Parma ham, are 350lb and the average is 175lb to 220lb, so the size of these Chinese pigs is appalling.

“The pigs are being bred to three times the top size I have ever heard of and that could be extremely painful for the animals.

“We know when broiler chickens are bred very fast and big like this it creates a build-up of fluid in the abdomen because their heart cannot support their body size.

“If it happened here, it would be likely to contravene animal cruelty laws.”

China produces half of the world’s porkers but pig stocks have dropped by 40% in the past year.

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