Italy bans hunting in regions hit by swine fever

A pig farmer takes care of his animals in his farm on Jan 25, 2018 in Villafalletto, near Cuneo, northwestern Italy. (MARCO BERTORELLO / AFP) ROME - Italy on Thursday banned hunting and several other outdoor activities in two northern regions affected by a recent outbreak of African swine fever,...

AFCD chief: 28 boars ‘handled’ under new policy

The head of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said on Sunday that officials would continue to kill wild boars that show no fear and pose a risk to humans. Leung Siu-fai says officials have “humanely handled” 28 animals since a policy was introduced last month that allows for problem...

Attack or not, wild boars are dangerous: minister

Environment Secretary Wong Kam-sing on Sunday reminded the public of the risks posed by wild boars in the urban area, saying the animals could still be dangerous even if they don't attack people. Wong was speaking a day after wild pigs were seen in several areas on Hong Kong Island...

Not all wild boars will be killed, govt stresses

The government has stressed that it doesn't plan to kill all of Hong Kong's wild boars, saying only those who turn up at "black spots" and pose a threat to the public will be targeted. Animal welfare groups have been urging the administration to abandon its new capture and kill...

‘Despicable to lure wild pigs with food to kill them’

An animal welfare advocate has criticised the authorities for using bread to lure wild boars in an operation to capture and kill them, but the government said the tactic was adopted to make sure everyone was safe. Officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) on Wednesday night used...

Seven wild pigs put down by vets in Aberdeen

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) on Wednesday said vets had put down seven wild pigs in Aberdeen, after first tranquilising them with dart guns. The operation took place between 8 pm and 10 pm on Shum Wan Road, where the pigs often went in search of food. In...

Government urged not to kill wild boars

A concern group has on Saturday urged the government to reverse a decision to capture wild boars in urban areas for humane dispatch. On Friday night, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the measure aims to reduce the number of wild boars and nuisance caused by the animal wandering...

Wild pig tests positive for African swine fever

In the first such case in Hong Kong, authorities said a dead wild pig has tested positive for the highly contagious African swine fever. The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said the animal was tested after "abnormal" deaths of wild pigs were reported in Siu Sai Wan recently. A spokesman...