Monday, December 6, 2021

Hong Kong declares wild boars a fair hunt after animal attacks

HONG KONG (NWN) – The Hong Kong authorities are fed up with wild boars.

A growing number of animal attacks, including an attack on a police officer last week, led to an operation Wednesday night in an area less than half an hour’s drive from Hong Kong’s financial center. The experts used darts to catch seven wild boars, which were later killed with drug injections, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said in a statement.

Wild boars are a common sight on the hiking trails in Hong Kong. They are often fed by humans despite calls from the authorities not to do so as they can transmit disease and can be collected in large quantities. Previous attempts to relocate and neuter boars “could not effectively control harm to wild pigs,” the department said.

“A large group of wild pigs continued to roam and gather at the site, posing a threat to the population and road users,” the statement said.
Last week, a boar hit a police assistant and bit his leg before falling to his death in a parking lot. Since then, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has warned of harsher penalties for those caught feeding wild boars.

“I understand that many people in Hong Kong love wetlands and nature. However, we also need to protect public safety, ”Lam said earlier this week at a regular press conference.

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“There have been about 30 cases of wild boar attacks on people, we cannot just sit back while the situation worsens,” she said.

The philanthropic group ADM Capital Foundation, the Hong Kong Veterinary Association and other animal rights organizations have since sent an open letter to the government criticizing the policy change to eradicate wild boars.

“While it is recognized that the majority of the population does not feed feral pigs, the consequences of the relatively small number of those who do so are significant and sufficient resources must therefore be allocated to end the practice,” the letter said.

A petition from groups including the Hong Kong Animal Post and the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group said that the measures announced by the Department of Agriculture to routinely capture and eradicate wild boars “ignore their right to live and view their existence in urban areas as a crime. punishable by death. … This approach is highly unjustified and contradicts the previous principles of animal management policy. “

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