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Parliamentary questions
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9 January 2019
Question for written answer E-000070-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Dariusz Rosati (PPE)

 Subject:  Large-scale driven boar hunting in Poland
 Answer in writing 

In January 2019, large-scale driven boar hunting will begin throughout Poland. The Polish Hunters’ Association plans to reach the limit of 210 000 animals shot by the end of February.

The Polish Government justifies its decision to cull wild boars on a massive scale on the basis that it is necessary to stop African swine fever (ASF), an infectious and incurable disease affecting pigs and wild boar. There is no substantive basis for this action and it is contrary to the guidelines of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), as well as the EU’s strategy for tackling ASF.

According to the EFSA’s findings, activities that might increase the movement of wild boars, and therefore cause the virus to spread to new areas, from the eastern border to the Lubuskie and Zachodniopomorskie provinces, where no outbreaks have been reported so far, should be avoided.

1. Will the Commission respond to this decision, which threatens the sustainability of the species and will impact the environment?

2. Will the Commission stop the Polish Government from taking this action, which could lead to the spread of ASF into other areas?

3. Does the Commission intend to apply the highest biosecurity standards on a universal basis, which could protect the pig industry in Poland against ASF?

Original language of question: PL 
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