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29 January 2024


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I generally do not agree with hunting for the sake of a hunt. What are they going to do with the dead animals? If they are going to give them to someone who is going to use them, then let them hunt. If they are just putting the carcasses in the landfill, I would have a problem with that and there has to be a better balancing of pros and cons.

Ed Schnurbusch

I understand your personal issues with the killing of animals. On the other hand, You admit to eating meat and wearing animal products. I'm sorry, but you can't have it both ways. I am sure, the meat produced by the hunting would not be wasted. There are too many groups today that would protest anything like that. Many states here in the U.S. have the same wild hog issues. Texas is one of the most affected. Hogs are destroying so much farm land that it's hard for farmers to stay in business. These animal were not native the U.S. but were brought over from Europe, mixed with our domestic pigs and then escaped into the wild. They reproduce at an alarming rate. Since these hogs don't have any natural predators, man must step in to control the population. Think of it as protecting the environment. (BTW - electric fences don't work very well on hogs)

Stubblejumpers Cafe

Wild boars are a serious problem and extremely difficult to control. Apparently they are almost impossible even to find; all you find is the damage they've done to crops and fields.

When it comes to being vegan, vegetarian, eating organic, growing and buying organic, buying local, etc., all we can do is our best. We don't have to be perfect! Just do the best you can and give yourself a little leeway when it is occasionally called for.

As an example, I'm strict with myself when it comes to recycling, which frankly can be a bit of a hassle when you have to bag it, load it up, and drive it to a bin miles away. I do it, though; I make a habit of it and rarely let anything slip by. I also wash, rinse, hang to dry, and reuse all our bread bags many times. But once in a blue moon, when I've gotten behind on the dishes or been away and discover a bunch of bags left on the counter to be washed (a job I abhor but force myself to do), I will allow myself to toss those bags into the garbage. There is a twinge of guilt, but considering I have dealt with 99.9% of the plastic bread bags that come into our house, and I'm feeling overwhelmed ... I give myself a break once in a while. I don't have to be perfect, and I don't have to live up to my convictions every moment of every day. Do I hate letting my weakness get its way? Damn right. But I don't have to be perfect, and neither do you. -Kate

Athens franciphile

Right now it is greater than an issue regarding numbers of wild boars. African Swine Fever is also present throughout much of Europe and spreading quickly. The wild boar population is infected and capable of spreading to domestic animals which would then have to be killed to prevent the spread of disease. Think of what the UK went through in regards to foot and mouth disease or what France has endured the last few years as avian influenza from wild birds has infected domestic poultry leading to millions of poultry needing to be euthanized. The culling of wild boars will prevent the death of many, many others.


It's amazing how fast a boar grows to maturity and how strong and destructive they are. It could be that the best solution is what they're proposing. There are wild boars here in Marin, CA also.

Susan in Zurich

If hunted to use for food, as they seem to have no natural predators (except perhaps sickness) I would agree to the hunt.
Here's hoping the meat will be well used, and people who enjoy wild boar will benefit.

Barbara  St. Aubrey

Animal husbandry requires culling herds to keep the balance between animals and food - if that balance is disrupted some animals simply starve to death - example a deer lives its life within a 7 mile radius and therefore seldom leaves the area to find a new food source where as a wild boar has no restrictions - they eat acorns etc. in the forest and go on to the fields and then crops and orchards and vines and finally, as they have here in Texas, they take over a subdivision so that a herd of about 20 destroy the front yards of several homes in one night.

Female wild boars have 2 litters a year from as few in the litter as 3 to as many as 18 with an average of 5 or 6 - And so a herd can easily quadruple in size each year therefore, needing more food.

Natural predators of wild boars include coyote, Bob Cat, Golden Eagle, Alligators, Mountain Lions, Black Bears - not the kind of wild life that a farmer would encourage as regular visitors nor would an average family living on the outskirts of town. Therefore, for the sake of protecting other wild animals that are not as aggressive as the wild boar and to control a balance of food sources that allows us to eat our veggies and have our front lawns and if the garden gate was left open our gardens also, the orchards and the many vineyards which are the source of a major economy, humans must take on the task of protecting this biodiversity by doing the job of natural predators - that is, culling any animal that creates an imbalance of population versus food source.

From what I have read the wild boar population in France has increased sixfold in the last 30 years and caused €30m ($32m) of damage to crops each year -

The issue is not so much the meat we as humans do or do not consume but more, do we protect the wild life that is not as aggressive as the wild boar and are not as prolific multiplying their numbers.

Another viewpoint is any overload of a good thing becomes a detriment - an overload exhausts and saps productivity

And one more - Cancer develops when the normal processes that control cell behaviour fail and a rogue cell becomes the progenitor of a group of cells that share its abnormal behaviours or capabilities. The wild boar become a rogue wild animal... a cancer on the land... the cancer needs to be controlled. The only kind thing to preserve the biodiversity of the land is with animal management - hunting may not be pretty but better the hunter then a major kill.

Marilyn Marcus

It sounds like Nature is out of balance with so many wild boars. I think the legal culling of the animals sounds reasonable.

Kathie B

For readers wondering about the reasons that French farmers are striking, the following report on today's "Morning Edition" on National Public Radio is illuminating.

“Farmers surround Paris in what they're calling a siege of the French capital”:
https://www.npr.org/2024/01/30/1227828613/farmers-surround-paris-in-what-they-re-calling-a-siege-of-the-french-capital (audio and transcript available online)
January 30, 2024 5:11 AM ET
Rebecca Rosman

LEDE: A movable blockade by French farmers protesting inflation and competition from the European Union has reached Paris. Highways leading in and out of the city are blocked by hundreds of tractors.


We have to stand by our principles and beliefs. In the UK Fox Hunters run amok over farmland and gardens, I have also watched them riding along a main busy road along with their hounds, expecting traffic to stop for them. Yes, I do sound angry - fox hunting was banned many years ago but our upper class hunters do not think the law applies to them! Even though you ban the Boar hunters from your land they may choose to ignore it unless there is electric wire. Do they hunt on foot, on horses, with dogs? Unfortunately hunters are difficult to control. You are not hypocritical just because occasionally you consume animal products - if people valued meat etc much more, there would be less waste and people would be healthier.

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