China’s pork shortage caused by blue ear disease and rising grain prices has resulted in "pigjackers" stealing truckloads of pigs in effort to cash in on soaring prices, Newsweek reported.

China's pig shortage was made worse recently by a freak blizzard in the country's central region, which disrupted shipments of pork headed for the tables of Lunar New Year celebrants. Beijing has responded by tapping its official pork reserve, a stash it maintains in case of such emergencies.

Sixty-five percent of the country's protein consumption is pork, according to Newsweek.