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Taiwan hog farmers denounce KMT for throwing offal in legislature

Swine ROC condemns food fight, calls for calm debate of ractopamine-treated meat issue

"Offal fight" staged at Legislative Yuan on Nov. 27.

"Offal fight" staged at Legislative Yuan on Nov. 27. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A pig farmers' association has condemned KMT legislators for throwing pig offal in the Legislative Yuan on Friday (Nov. 27).

Taiwanese Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) had to stop talking 12 times at the country's highest decision-making body due to the Kuomintang (KMT) protest. The party wants to prevent the import of U.S. ractopamine-treated pork and beef products.

Su was finally able to give a briefing after the "offal fight," despite the yelling and air horns from the KMT caucus. At previous protests, KMT legislators had introduced two giant inflatable pig props and called on Su to step down.

Taiwan hog farmers denounce KMT for throwing offal in legislature
(CNA photo)

In response, Taiwan's largest pig farmers association, Swine ROC, issued a statement condemning the opposition party for using pig offal and other pork products to make a point. The farmers said the shenanigans were upsetting and would give customers a bad impression of their pork products.

"We in the swine industry are saddened by these scenes. Pork is an important part of Taiwanese cuisine and should not become a campaign prop for politicians," the Swine ROC statement read.

"Taiwanese cherish food, and the offal fight at the legislature is unacceptable and disrespectful." The statement also expressed concern that the drama would negatively affect pork prices and demand.

The group called for a rational debate between the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration and the KMT on the ractopamine issue.