The Region explains "if and to what extent the Extraordinary Commissioner can exercise powers such as to overcome the constraints originating from interpretations of opinions provided by Ispra which limit the fight against ASF (African swine fever), such as for example those relating to the qualification of dogs for hunting”. This is the question posed by councilor Gianluigi Molinari (Democratic Party) in a question that starts with decree law 75 of 2003 where, due to the emergency, he strengthened the powers of the extraordinary commissioner. The latter can define "the extraordinary catch plan at national and regional level with timing, numerical catch targets and, after consultation with Ispra, abatement and disposal, communicating it to the regions". Furthermore, he can activate, "in the event of inaction or failure to achieve the objectives by the competent regional authorities", substitute powers.
The number of wild boars
The Psa, continues the councilor dem, is slowed down by avoiding contact between healthy and infected animals and intensifying hunting activity "in non-infected areas, could represent a valid aid both to limit the potential audience of healthy animals potential virus carriers, and to lower the number of wild boars exponentially grown throughout Europe with consequent damage to agriculture and public safety ".
What can the Region do?
But there are limits for the protection of the species "which today continue to favor inconvenience, damage and losses for our farmers: we refer to the limits on certifications and qualifications for dogs and in general on the opinions of organizations such as Ispra which in practice, at times, limit and interfere with felling, management of slaughtered animals, times and methods which, indirectly, negatively affect the fight against Psa". The Region, concludes Molinari - could intervene and submit to the commissioner - "who would seem to be able to act even 'almost' autonomously" - possible solutions (source: Emilia Romagna Region).