|Wild Boar Slaughter Ignites Nationwide Debate|
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Under government-backed protection schemes, wild boars have propagated rapidly over the past 12 years. However, more and more cases of the animals invading villages have been reported recently. Thus, the question of whether to cull the animal has ignited a hot debate nationwide.
The first reported case of wild boars causing damage to crops was in
Statistics also show that over 16 Chinese provinces have reported cases of people being severely injured by boar attacks.
Zhou Bingcheng from the Anhui Forestry Administration told reporters that 30 cases of boars attacking people have been reported this year in his province.
He noted that wild boars have enough living space – in
Municipal authorities of
As soon as the announcement was made, thousands of local residents signed a petition against the cull. The local authorities were forced to give up the plan.
Chen Jun from the Luan Chuan Forestry Bureau told reporters there are currently 80,000 boars within the county, and instead of killing hundreds of boars every year, at least 30,000 should be killed within 2 or 3 years, in order for the current situation to be resolved. But no authorities dare to take this drastic measure.
Some wildlife protection experts said authorities should not resort to hunting, which is an extreme method, as it could lead to excessive killings.
But Jia Zhigang, a professor of biology with the
In addition, he said the conflict between human beings and wild animals has not been settled, even though 2000 animal reserves have been set up around
He suggested that in order to solve this problem, the number of wild animals within the reserves should be controlled and maintained within an appropriate proportion. Outside of these protection zones, Professor Jia says human's rights should be given the top priority.
(CRI November 24, 2006)