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The Provision of Seasonal Protection for Wild Boar in the UK

Submitted on Thursday 18th August 2011

Published on Tuesday 23rd August 2011

Current status: Closed

Closed: Thursday 23rd August 2012

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The Provision of Seasonal Protection for Wild Boar in the UK

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The Wild Boar (sus scrofa) was a native species of the UK until extinction through loss of habitat and conflict with man. The wild boar has now though escapes and deliberate releases become free living in many areas of the UK such as the Forest of Dean where they have flourished.
These are highly intelligent timid animals that are often misunderstood. This controversial species needs specific legislation to protect breeding females during the times of the year when they give birth and have dependent young who rely on the mother. Now hunted as a ‘game’ animal with commercial value this species deserves the same seasonal protection given to other game animals including deer, wildfowl and game birds to prevent suffering when females are shot and dependant young are left to starve to death.
This petition seeks the provision of a closed season to protect breeding females and their young as is in place throughout Europe for this species.

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