Dutch enjoying wild boar meat for Christmas
Many Dutch people can enjoy a slice of wild boar
meat with Christmas, as wildlife rangers have shot about 3,000 wild boars until
mid-December around the Dutch national park De Hoge Veluwe.
Altogether, the shooting yielded approximately 57,500 kg of wild boar meat, a
forestry unit announced this week.
The massive shooting and consumption are remarkable as the large number of
wild boars has been topic of a public debate for a couple of months.
A relatively warm winter last year created an excessive
overpopulation of wild boars around the national park, leading to animals
roaming at camping sites, destroying agricultural fields and causing a lot of
casualties at roadsides.
Numbers of 6,000 wild boars were counted, where 800 would be the natural
A possible solution to solve the problem, however, caused a
heavy debate in Dutch Parliament, where an animal activist party is dominating
any animal-related topic.
This autumn, a bill for temporal introduction of wild boar hunt using dogs to
chase the animals, caused an outcry with a part of the Dutch population and the
use this type of hunting was this week postponed until March 1, 2008.
The 3,000 wild boars, now shot, were killed in a
conventional way. For some reason, demand to the wild boar meat is soaring,
local butchers admit.
More wild boar meat is to expected as the rangers will go back into the woods
next week - and a full moon will light the skies to assist them.
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