Pig wakes up at slaughterhouse and kills butcher in Hong Kong

Pig kills butcher at slaughterhouse: Animal is knocked out with stun gun…then lashes out after waking up

  • A man in a Hong Kong slaughterhouse was found dead with meat cleaver injuries
  • Police believe a pig struggled free, knocking the butcher over and killing him

A stunned pig killed a butcher on the way to slaughter in Hong Kong.

Police said that the 61-year-old butcher had shot the animal with a stun gun in order to slaughter it when it regained consciousness and knocked him over.

A colleague at the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse in northern Hong Kong found the butcher with a meat cleaver still in his hand and an injured left foot.

While police have not yet determined the cause of death, it appears the butcher was knocked over by the struggling pig on Friday and sustained a wound from the 15 inch (40cm) blade.

Police say the pig regained consciousness and knocked the butcher over before he died

Police say the pig regained consciousness and knocked the butcher over before he died

The butcher was taken to hospital but was later certified dead.

Hong Kong’s Labour Department has launched an investigation and will recommend safety improvements. 

A spokesperson 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.’

The butcher was found by a colleague at the Shueng Shui Slaughterhouse in Hong Kong

The butcher was found by a colleague at the Shueng Shui Slaughterhouse in Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, overseeing the slaughterhouse, offered sympathies to the family of the butcher.

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.

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