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Bavaria and Hesse regions intensify swine fever control measures

In Bavaria and Hesse, authorities have softened regulation on the hunting of wild boar in order to strengthen preventive measures against African swine fever and to better contain the spread of the virus in an emergency.

27 March 2020, at 12:13pm

ISN reports that the Bavarian Ministry of Agriculture wants to make it easier to hunt wild boar by removing regulatory red tape and thereby control the wild boar population even more efficiently. In Hesse, an amendment to the law was passed this week, which will make it possible to quickly and legally comply with the necessary hunting orders in the event of an African swine fever (ASF) epidemic.

Bavaria

With a new package of measures, the Bavarian Minister of Agriculture Michaela Kaniber wants to give hunters even more efficient means of hunting wild boar stocks. According to ISN, the minister is focusing on softening regulations regarding use of night vision technology and hunting. In addition, the closer cooperation between hunters, landowners and foresters is part of the new package. Approaches such as cross-territorial motor hunts and the creation of hunting trails should be pursued more frequently.

Hesse

An amendment to the law in the Hessian Landtag was passed this week which, according to the Hesse Minister of Agriculture, Priska Hinz, allows the necessary orders in the event of an epidemic to be made quickly and legally, including hunting. According to Hinz, this is an important step in protecting domestic pig populations.

In particular, measures to intensively hunt wild boar in the affected areas are necessary, including hunting in the vicinity of green belts, the possibility of uncomplicated detection of sick wild boar and the effective and safe disposal of potentially infected carcasses.