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Parliamentary questions
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7 December 2018
E-005303/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-005303/2018

The Commission requested scientific advice concerning wild boar management methods including fencing to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The most recent EFSA opinion was published in July 2018(1) suggesting that there is currently no evidence that large fences have been effective for the containment of wild boar, and that the effectiveness of new large-scale fences to separate wild boar populations will need evaluation in the future.

While some electrical fences have demonstrated the ability to temporarily protect crops from damage caused by wild boar or feral swine with different levels of efficiency, no electrical fence design can be considered 100% wild boar proof on a large scale for a prolonged period of time.

In addition, the European Union has defined with the support of the Member States a specific strategic approach for African swine fever(2), which includes prevention and control measures. Taking into account the latest scientific evidence and experience gained, fencing of large areas as a control measure is not referred to in this document.

(1)http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5344
(2)https://ec.europa.eu/food/sites/food/files/animals/docs/ad_control-measures_asf_wrk-doc-sante-2015-7113.pdf

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