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Wed Dec 26, 2018, 02:50 AM

'Immoral': groups fight National Trust's wild boar cull

Animal activists say Stourhead cull is misguided, with only one recent boar injury in the UK

Steven Morris
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Thu 22 Nov 2018 12.00 EST Last modified on Thu 22 Nov 2018 18.14 EST

Six animal rights groups have strongly criticised plans by the National Trust to cull wild boar on one of its most renowned estates as “misguided and immoral”.

The groups, which include Animal Aid and Born Free, have written to the chair of the National Trust, Tim Parker, asking him to halt the cull at Stourhead in Wiltshire.

They say the trust’s argument – that the boar needed to be removed because people felt intimidated by them – is absurd, pointing out they had found only one recent example of a person in the UK being actually injured by a boar.

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“To wipe out sentient beings because they apparently make a few feel uncomfortable is absurd. Wild boar are notoriously shy, making it difficult for even wildlife photographers to capture photos of them in the UK.

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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/nov/22/immoral-groups-fight-national-trusts-wild-boar-cull

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Wed Dec 26, 2018, 03:15 AM

1. From what I understand, wild boars wreak havoc on their environment. What I do know for sure

is that wild boar meat is delicious -- especially wild boar prosciutto!

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Thu Dec 27, 2018, 12:24 AM

2. They're a non-native invasive species with no natural predators

The largest wild predator in the UK is the red fox, which is barely a threat to a piglet, much less a grown one. Pigs breed fast and eat anything, causing serious damage to the landscape in the process. Control the population now, or regret it later.

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