Wild animals in Piedmont
“From experience to innovation”: the first of a series of meetings promoted by the Pensioners of Coldiretti Piedmont, in collaboration with Donne Impresa and Giovani Impresa to investigate issues of agriculture, current affairs and society. “The evolution of wild animals in the Piedmontese territory and the economic and social implications in agriculture” is the title of the event, which took place at the Starholtels Majestic in Turin, in which Ezio Ferroglio, professor at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, spoke of the University of Turin, Giacomo Pezzano, professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and Educational Sciences of the University of Turin, Sergio Barone, president of the Pensionati Coldiretti Piemonte, Monia Rullo, head of Donne Impresa Piemonte and Claudia Roggero, delegate of Giovani Impresa Piemonte.
The vice president, Bruno Mecca Cici, brought Coldiretti Piemonte's greetings, following which we got to the heart of the three macro themes of the morning: the evolution of wild animals, the relationship between man/nature and the combination of change and innovation. “We wanted to start this series of meetings with a theme very dear to our Piedmontese territory, extremely exposed to the effects of the numerically massive evolution of wild animals in rural areas which cause damage to agriculture, road accidents and, last but not least, with respect to wild boars , African swine fever – explains Sergio Barone, president of the Pensioners of Coldiretti Piemonte -. We need planning for the future, which has often been lacking up to now, to ensure that this growth in wildlife is managed correctly and that it can be balanced and mediated with agricultural activity which, necessarily, must continue and which is essential for food production. The objective is then, after each appointment, to create a dossier of data and requests to present to our politics in order to obtain concrete results and we will begin to do so from today's event".
A concrete solution to look for
“The current situation shows us that it is urgent to find a concrete solution to turn the page in the management of wildlife, to create the conditions – highlight Cristina Brizzolari, president of Coldiretti Piemonte, and Bruno Rivarossa, confederal delegate – so that our companies can continue to guarantee the protection of the territories and can continue to guarantee food sovereignty every day, taking into account the ever-increasing trends that show a particular affection for the animal world on the part of citizens. An Altronconsumo survey from May 2022 shows that the number of pets in Italy has reached 62 million with almost 59 million inhabitants in Italy. On the other hand, we must take into account that in the last 7 years the damage caused by wild boars has been around 17 million euros in Piedmont, according to Ispra data. This is why it is essential to think about how to prevent such phenomena, even before compensating the damages" (source: Coldiretti).