This 29 June 2015 from the Netherlands says about itself (translated):
Holiday time, en masse in early July the tourists come back to the Veluwe to look for wildlife …. but also en masse from July 1 hobby hunters will make the woods unsafe again with their firing at wild boar. The holiday feeling for the animals will be over then and they will become nocturnal animals instead of diurnal animals.
About 80% of healthy wild boar will be shot, so sows will again be ready for mating and will again get many piglets because nature wants to restore the equilibrium. It is very difficult for sows to give birth every year to a large litter of piglets and they are literally sucked dry by the piglets. The result is that the sows are skinny and lose much of their health resistance. This is clearly a form of animal abuse. Hobby hunters want only one thing and that’s shooting! They pay for it gladly and therefore they want their money’s worth. This method of control is very unnatural and inhumane. Animals are not TOYS so …. STOP THE HOBBY HUNTING!!!
Along roads where the roadsides have been made wide and open, fewer collisions with wild animals will happen. These are the first encouraging results of measures taken by Natuurmonumenten.
Along two roads running through forests where many wild animals live, Natuurmonumenten made the roadsides more open last year. They are the Peeskesweg in the Bergherbos and the Sandbergweg in the Leuvenumse bossen (Veluwe region). Their verges are managed by Natuurmonumenten. Motorists now have a better view and will see game earlier, so they will be less surprised when the animals come out of the woods. Conversely, it is expected that the animals are now more alert because when they leave the forest they come first into an open space.
Along the Peeskesweg between 2010 and 2014 16 roe deer were hit (no red deer and wild boar live there). Along the Sandbergweg during the last three years, 13 wild boar, 12 roe deer and 11 red deer were hit. Since the measures, there have been two boar and one roe deer fatalities. If the number of wildlife collisions will remain low, then Natuurmonumenten will encourage road authorities, such as municipalities and provinces, to wherever possible, take the same measures.
Many wild boar live in the forests of Central Europe. The radioactivity in that area was caused by the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986. “Pigs eat mushrooms. Mushrooms get super high radioactivity levels,” tweeted Simone Hertzberger of Albert Heijn. …
Last year Albert Heijn did sell wild boar meat for the holidays, but that came from France. “Boar from France was not an option this year, because simply not enough wild boars live there,” said [Albert Heijn spokesman] Hellendoorn. …
Instead of boar there is other game on the shelves, such as deer venison and saddle of hare. “Consumers do not have to worry about radioactivity in those products because these animals do not eat mushrooms.”
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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.