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Aguu pigs die in suspicious Higashi Village pigsty fire

Date Posted: 2008-04-11

Fire swept through a pig farm in Higashi Village in the early hours of March 31st, killing 340 pigs.

Nago City Police are investigating the 5 a.m. fire, which broke out in the window-less pigsty in the village’s Taira area, burning the native Aguu pigs. The building was engulfed in flames and destroyed before firefighters arrived. A pig farm worker says there was a heating system in the building, and police are now checking the charred debris to see if it could have caused the fire.

“When I heard the alarm go off, the fire had already spread to the entire building,” the worker said. “It was too late and I couldn’t do anything” to save the black Aguu pigs.” The Okinawan pigs were introduced to Okinawans before World War II, then disappeared.

The Aguu, a leaner variety of pork, was reintroduced into the Okinawa market several years ago, and is now marketed as genuine Okinawan brand pork. The Aguu pork commands high prices in the marketplace because of its lean texture and taste.

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