‘Don’t kill chickens, vaccinate them against bird flu’


This video says about itself:

FLU FACTORIES

1 January 2012

Crowding pigs into factory farms likely led to the emergence of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic. So far, millions of people have been infected and thousands have died. Learn the inside story on the origins of swine flu and ways we can help prevent flu pandemics in the future.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

But now also a chicken business in Ter Aar turns out to be infected [by bird flu]. Again, tens of thousands of chickens will be killed. Is that really the best way to fight the disease?

Just this week it was announced that vaccination is possible. Dutch researchers are the first scientists who have succeeded in developing a vaccine that can be administered on a large scale. One of the researchers, Professor of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmaceutics Erik Frijlink, explains that vaccination is a better way to prevent outbreaks of bird flu.

The vaccine has been developed on the basis of H5N1, but the technique is also applicable for H5N8, the ‘Hekendorp‘ virus.

How to see deer and wild boar


This video from the Netherlands is about how to see red deer, fallow deer, roe deer and wild boar in the wild.

Killer of boar piglets, saved from drowning, no longer a gamekeeper


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

Translated from a Dutch police press release:

26-09-2014 | 16:21

Weert – Eight wild boars were taken by the fire brigade on Sunday, September 14th out of the South Willemsvaart canal. Five of them were found to be already dead. The three surviving animals were shot on the spot by a gamekeeper. This led to great public commotion.

Police have investigated this affair. This showed that the gamekeeper had not acted in full compliance with rules. He should have gone to the police first, according to the applicable rules.

Rules

Under these rules, animals may be killed if there is a threat to public order, to people or to animals. …

In response to all the fuss, the gamekeeper has handed in his Special Police credentials to the police. He will not act as such any more. The police have started an administrative procedure regarding the man’s weapon licence. The man will no longer work as a gamekeeper.

Firefighters save wild boar piglets from drowning, then gamekeeper kills them


This is a video from Limburg province in the Netherlands, about wild boar piglets which had landed in a canal.

Firefighters then saved them from drowning.

However, as soon as the animals were back on dry land, a gamekeeper killed them.

Limburg province authorities admit the gamekeeper acted illegally.

People in Limburg have started an Internet petition, demanding that the gamekeeper’s licence to hunt is canceled.

The petition (in English) is here.

Wild boar smell truffles, not acorns


This is a wild boar video, recorded in winter in Sweden.

Translated from Roelof Kleis in the Netherlands:

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Wild boar have a good nose for truffles. But not for acorns, says PhD student Lennart Suselbeek of Wageningen University. Looking for acorns they search randomly, according to research into how wild boar search for hidden acorns.

Suselbeek comes to that conclusion based on experiments in the lab and in nature. The aim of the study was to determine whether wild boar have influence on the way that wood mice hide acorns. Wild boars, like mice, love acorns. So they are competitors. But when it comes to defending its stock, the mouse is no match for the boar. It must be smart. They cannot be smart by hiding everything at the same place, but by making many different small stock sheds. So, risk spreading.

Firefighters save wild boar, gamekeeper shoots them


This video from France is called Wild boar (Sus scrofa).

Translated from Blik op Nieuws in the Netherlands:

14-09-2014 17:51

Party for the Animals asks parliamentary questions about shooting boar rescued from water

Rescued by firefighters from water, boar yet slain

It must have given mixed feelings to firefighters who managed to rescue wild boar from the water in Weert this Sunday morning at eight. A gamekeeper shot all the boar when they were on dry land.

Around 08:20 on Sunday the Weert fire brigade came out for initially 5 wild boar in the water. Once on the spot there turned out to be no less than eight wild boar.

The fire brigade, with the support of two boats, drove the animals to the wildlife staircase at the lock. Here people could get the animals out of the water safely. Some wild boars were already removed from the water. The firefighters also managed to get the other boar, threatened by drowning, on land.

Shot

Despite the efforts of the firefighters, the animals were then shot by a gamekeeper of the Forestry Department. This has everything to do with a zero tolerance policy of the government with respect to the living and residential areas of wild boar.

These living and residential areas are limited to the Hoge Veluwe and Meinweg area in Central Limburg. If wild boars are outside these areas, for any cause whatsoever, they must unfortunately be shot, according to the guidelines of the government.

Party for the Animals

The Party for the Animals this Sunday has asked parliamentary questions about the shooting of these wild boar. “Do you agree that animals in need of help should be experiencing other conditions than to be killed?” is one of the nine questions.

According to Limburg provincial authorities, even though the boar were outside of their ‘legal’ territories, the gamekeeper still acted illegally, as he shot the boar on a Sunday. See also here. And here.

German boars still sick from Chernobyl nuclear radiaton


This video from Germany says about itself:

What’s cuter than baby orphan boar piglets? Baby orphan boar piglets being raised by a puppy!

When VICE Germany sent us some footage of the Lehnitz animal asylum, we weren’t sure how cute it was going to be. Little did we know, boar piglets live there! These little rascals were found in the woods and love to eat, sleep, play, and hang out with their surrogate mom, who’s a dog. We’re pleased to present Spots, Nesti, Diva, Borstel, Ernie, and Bert!

Translated from DPA news agency in Germany:

Still many boars radioactively contaminated, decades after Chernobyl accident

In some regions of Thuringia meat of wild boar is still contaminated by radioactivity.

Erfurt. 28 years after the nuclear accident at Chernobyl boars are still so contaminated that their meat can not be sold in Thuringia. Last year, according to the Ministry of Health 586 shot animals were examined and in almost every tenth of them the limit of 600 becquerels per kilogram was exceeded. The end of that problem is not in sight, as the cesium content halves only every 30 years, said the head of the department for food inspection, Karin Schindler.