Tomorrow morning in Wrocław protesters will gather to decry the mass-cull of wild boar that has been authorised by the Polish Government.
Poland’s agriculture minister claims the cull is needed as wild boar may carry African Swine Fever, which can be passed onto pigs in Polish farms. Once infected, the pigs sweat blood profusely and eventually die.
The cull is to last until the end of the next month, by which time an estimated 210,000 wild boar will have been killed.
Those arguing against the cull claim it could cause the wild boar population in Poland to dwindle to almost nothing. This they say, will have “catastrophic in consequences for the renewal of natural forests” due to the key role the boar play in forests’ eco-system.
The organisers of tomorrow’s protest also claim that the hunting of the wild boar could even exacerbate the African Swine Fever issue. This would occur as a result of the infected boar spreading the virus across vast distances as they flee hunters.
Poland’s ruling party has generally enjoyed a strong relationship with the country’s hunting community. Therefore some cynics have claimed the cull is simply a means for the Polish Government to butter up some of their supporters ahead of this year’s crucial elections.
However PiS friendly media such as Gazeta Polska have reportedly defended the cull by stating that other countries do the same. According to polandin.com, Gazeta Polska’s research concluded that in 2017-2018 some 820,000 boars were culled in Germany to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever.
Tomorrow’s protest is scheduled for 8am and will take place outside the Regional Veterinary Inspectorate on Januszowicka 48 (just north of Park Południowy).