[Animal News]Against the opposition of many citizens, animal protection groups and veterinarians, the AFCD still insists on the policy of killing wild boars in urban areas. The Secretary of Security Deng Bingqiang took the initiative to mention the wild boar incident to the media yesterday, saying that wild boars are not pets and will attack people. As the situation of wild boar attacks on people continues to deteriorate, the government has to take measures to remove the citizens’ danger. Wong Ho-yin, director of the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, countered that wild boars would not actively attack people, emphasizing that the culling policy does not help protect the safety of citizens, but instead made wild boars hostile to citizens and frontline personnel. He reiterated that culling should be stopped, and sterilization plans should be adopted to educate citizens to stop feeding, and to improve the design of trash cans to resolve the conflict between humans and wild boars.
When the Secretary for Security Tang Ping-kiang met with the media after attending the Fight Crime Committee meeting yesterday, he took the initiative to mention the problem of wild boars. He pointed out that the situation of wild boar attacks has been deteriorating. Cases, of which 7 cases were in November. He also pointed out that there were two serious cases this year, including a woman who broke her right elbow, right disc and thigh after being attacked by a wild boar in September and required surgery. In November, a law enforcement officer was bitten by a wild boar and needed stitches on her back.14 Needle, calf wounds need skin grafting.
Deng Pingqiang added: “There is no problem with wild boars living on the mountains. They have their own space. However, they are not pets. When they break into the city, they will attack humans and Hong Kong citizens. They are not cute little cartoons. Fat pigs will attack humans.” He also said that wild boars have changed their habits and will go to the urban area to find food. When they see passers-by holding food, they will attack and snatch the food. He pointed out that wild boars can infect diseases, viruses and bacteria, and many common diseases can be transmitted to humans, including tuberculosis, hepatitis E, influenza A, and Streptococcus suis.
Regarding the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group’s proposal that wild boar habitat should be considered in urban planning, Tang Pingqiang responded: “For the wild boars that are dangerous to Hong Kong citizens and will attack us, how can they be included in urban planning? Do we want to include rats in urban planning? I think this It’s incredible.”
The reporter asked about the role of the Security Bureau in the AFCD’s policy of killing wild boars. Tang Pingqiang pointed out that the Security Bureau had no role, but he believed that the AFCD’s method was correct.
Regarding what Deng Bingqiang said, Huang Ho-yin, director of the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, agreed that wild boars should not be “petified”, but wild animals should be respected. He also pointed out that wild boars will not actively attack people unless they are provoked. The current hunting policy will only motivate people. Conflict with wild boars, on the contrary, makes wild boars hostile to citizens and frontline personnel.
Huang Haoxian pointed out that the consideration of wild boars in urban planning is to compensate for wild boar habitats during the development process, provide incentives for wild boars to return to the natural environment, or set up wildlife passages, etc., so as to prevent wild boars from entering the urban area and truly protect the citizens And frontline personnel safety.
He reiterated that the AFCD should stop culling wild boars, devote more resources to sterilization programs, strengthen education of citizens not to feed wild boars, improve the design of trash cans, etc., instead of killing animals in the city.
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