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Hong Kong declares wild boars fair game after animal attacks

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HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have had sufficient of wild boars.

An growing variety of attacks by the animals, together with one which bit a police officer final week, triggered an operation Wednesday evening in a district lower than half an hour’s drive from Hong Kong’s monetary middle. Experts used dart weapons to seize seven wild boars, which have been later put down through medication injections, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department mentioned in a press release.

Wild boars are a standard sight in Hong Kong alongside mountaineering trails. They are sometimes fed by folks regardless of appeals by authorities not to take action as they might transmit illnesses and will collect in massive numbers. Previous makes an attempt to relocate and sterilize the boars “could not effectively control the wild pig nuisance,” the division mentioned.

“A large group of wild pigs continued to wander and gather at the site, posing threats to members of the public and road users,” the assertion learn.

Last week, a wild boar knocked down an auxiliary police officer and bit his leg earlier than plunging to its demise from a residential automobile park. Hong Kong chief Carrie Lam has since warned of stiffer penalties for these caught feeding the boars.

“I understand that a lot of Hong Kong people love the wetlands and nature. However, we also need to protect public safety,” Lam mentioned earlier this week at a daily information convention.

“There were about 30 cases of wild boars attacking humans, we can’t simply sit on our hands while things deteriorate,” she mentioned.

Philanthropic group ADM Capital Foundation, the Hong Kong Veterinary Association and different animal rights organizations have since despatched an open letter to the federal government criticizing its shift in coverage to cull the boars.

“Whilst it is recognized that the majority of the public do not feed wild pigs, the consequences of the relatively few that do are significant, and thus sufficient resources must be allocated to stopping the practice,” the letter learn.

A petition by teams together with Hong Kong Animal Post and Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group mentioned that the measures introduced by the agriculture division to repeatedly seize and put down wild boars “ignores their right to live and considers their existence in urban areas as a capital offense. This approach is extremely unreasonable and contradicts previous animal management policy principles.”