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2014.02.04 11:41

Lithuania has started a mass cull of its wild boar population, due to an outbreak of African swine fever.

LRT2014.02.04 11:41

 Lithuania's government declared a state of emergency in regions bordering Belarus, which is considered the source of the virus.  

 Lithuania's government declared a state of emergency in regions bordering Belarus, which is considered the source of the virus.

Minister of Interior says the Government is going to address EU Commission and ask funds for building a fence along the Belarus border, to prevent migration of boars.

State Food and Veterinary Service has set a goal of leaving no more than 10% of the current 60,000-strong wild boar population, to prevent the virus from spreading.

All of hunted wild boars will be incinerated, if tests show they carry the African swine fever. While this virus is harmless to humans, it’s deadly to pigs, and as yet the cure for it is not known.

Lithuania has also imposed a temporary ban on shipping of live pigs from the affected areas, fearing the virus spreading throughout local farms.

Pork products from Lithuania not processed thermally have already been banned by our neighbours.

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Vs of boars

Tracking boars from helicopter

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ALGIRDAS BUTKEVICIUS, Lithuanian Prime Minister, 2014-01-30:
 

In fact, all boars are to be shot and, in those other regions, with boar population to be reduced 10%. It is planned to pay 250 Litas for every hunted boar, which means that the sum of compensation would comprise approximately 6 million 250 thousand Litas.

Vs hunting boars

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JONAS MILIUS, Director of State Food and Veterinary service, 2014-01-24:
 

Poland has a good technical barrier, I’d say, with an iron wall surviving from the Soviet time; they kept it and it really helps.

Vs of farm near Alytus

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PETRAS LAUKEVICIUS, farmer from the Alytus region, 2014-01-29:
 

If there is a law to butcher pigs, I will do that. Still we would have difficult time without them, for breeding pigs is a source of living to me and my family. I am not breeding pigs for sale, and if its is prohibited...

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