Poland decided to fight the spread of African Swine Fever by culling some 200,000 wild boars. It is a controversial but proven and accepted by the European Commission method of dealing with this threat.
The planned wild boars cull will take place during three weekends, starting January 12. This decision angers the conservationists, but the government assures that it is the only proven way of preventing the spread of the African Swine Fever and gives examples from Czech Republic and Estonia. A mass scale outbreak of the virus would put in danger thousands of pig farms across the country and cause billions in financial losses. There is a risk that it could spread to other European countries too.