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Germany Agrees to More Wild Boar Hunting to Combat Swine Fever

The governments of Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic have agreed that intensified hunting of wild boar is needed to combat an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) among wild animals, Germany's agriculture ministry said on Monday.
 
Asian countries including China banned German pork imports in September 2020 after ASF was found in wild boar in east Germany, not farm animals, causing falling pig prices.
 
There have been 845 ASF cases confirmed in wild boar close to the Polish border in the east German states of Brandenburg and Saxony, but none in farm animals.
 
ASF has been present in Poland since 2014 and the Czech Republic since 2017, with wild animals suspected to be crossing into Germany and spreading the disease.
 
Agriculture ministers from Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic agreed in a video conference to more hunting to combat the disease, Germany's agriculture ministry said in a statement.
 
"Hunting should fundamentally be intensified in order to reduce the wild boar population and avoid the risk of a further spread of the disease," the ministry said.
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