The increasing damage to agriculture, the increased risk of road accidents and the danger of the spread of African swine fever make it imperative to change the pace in the measures to contain the number of wild boars ». It is the call of Giampaolo Maloberti, provincial councilor of the League a Piacenza, which pushes for a decisive and immediate change in the choices on this delicate issue: «Through surveys made with drones, it was found that the presence of ungulates, in addition to being increasingly consistent, proves to be sedentary.
Today I was able to personally see the damage done by these animals to freshly sown corn fields: they were literally devastated. All this in the face of Minister Patuanelli which calls for a "corn plan", given that as a result of the war in Ukraine we do not have enough ». «The long stop to hunting and sampling activities through the authorized control plans, decided after the discovery in other regions of the first cases of ASF, allowed the ungulates - continues Maloberti - to multiply without any restraint and made a situation that was already very complicated even more difficult, bringing it even closer to the borders of unsustainability.
It is no coincidence that the requests for authorizations to intervene in "self-defense" and in "turn" (therefore in teams) to kill the supernumerary wild boars are multiplying, but I doubt that it is enough: it is necessary to eliminate some bureaucratic constraints too many and massively implement the levies, obviously guaranteeing the safety of all citizens during the interventions ». «An Extraordinary Commissioner for African Swine Fever has been appointed - continues the exponent of the League. The decree law 9/2022 provides that each region adopts its own plan: I hope that the Emilia-Romagna Region will intervene quickly, adopting the necessary measures also from the point of view of economic resources, to engrave quickly and more effectively in order to bring the number of wild boars back to normal.
Their excessive presence is evidenced by the damage to agricultural land (and not only) now reported, as mentioned, in several areas of the province. They must be avert the obvious risks to road safety as soon as possible - and therefore for people's lives - linked to the presence of too many wandering ungulates, as well as the obvious danger that the surplus of animals also increases the health risks of ASF in our territory, and consequently the economic impact that the epidemic could bring to the whole pig sector, with very heavy consequences for many businesses and therefore for the work and serenity of many families ". "In light of all this - concludes Maloberti - it is right to praise the hunting world: hunters, often criticized for no reason, we must say thank you because, even by participating in the control plans, they are providing a fundamental service for the entire community, including the part of it pretending not to know ».