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Hong Kong declares wild boars fair game after animal attacks

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities have had enough of wild boars. An increasing number of attacks by the animals, including one that bit a police officer last week, triggered an...

Denmark's fence to keep out wild boars seems to be working

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The number of wild boars in Denmark has fallen since a 70-kilometer (43.4-mile) fence was erected along the German border to protect the valuable Danish pork industry. ...

Virus lockdown for world’s smallest and rarest wild pigs

NEW DELHI (AP) — Pygmy hogs — the world’s smallest and rarest wild pig — are under a virus lockdown. Not because of the coronavirus, but because of the first outbreak of African swin...

Japan to slap hefty fine on meat smugglers from July 1

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Japan will impose heavy penalties on those smuggling meat products into the country starting Wednesday (July 1) in a bid to keep African swine fever (ASF) at bay. Indiv...

European Commission Ratifies: Belgium May Reduce the ASF-Infected Zone

HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Media OutReach - June 12, 2020 - On May 18th, the European Commission ratified Belgium's proposal to reduce the ASF-infected zone in the province of Luxemburg. This zon...

Taiwan holds 'children only' press event on coronavirus

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — For the first time ever, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) held a “children only” press event, taking questions from elementary and junior high school stud...

Bill to remove hunting permit need for feral pigs in Guam

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — License requirements and fees to hunt feral pigs in Guam are expected to be removed under a bill that would reclassify the animals as an unprotected species. The...

Guam mayors seek solution to hundreds of invasive feral pigs

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has captured hundreds of feral pigs, but some mayors say it is just a fraction of the population. Pacific Daily News reports t...

US customs agents seize rat meat at Chicago's O'Hare Airport

CHICAGO (AP) — Officials say U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport thwarted a man's attempt to import several pounds of African rat meat. ...

Southern Taiwan's Orchid Island to host pig-catching contest in September

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Orchid Island (蘭嶼) in Taitung County will host a hog-catching contest in an attempt to reduce its population of wild pigs, which are causing havoc for local residents. ...

In the year of the pig, Hong Kong debates its boar problem

HONG KONG (AP) — Like many Asian communities, Hong Kong ushers in the astrological year of the pig. That's also good timing to discuss the financial center's contested relationship with ...

In the high mountains of Sicily, a quieter and wilder world

GANGI, Sicily (AP) — Far from the packed beaches of Sicily's busy coastlines, there's a quieter and wilder world in its high mountains. In more dangerous times, this was where much o...

Wattle fences: Weaving branches takes time, yields rewards

CONTRADA PETRARO, Sicily (AP) — They come in the middle of the night and are gone by morning. But without fail, they leave their calling cards: Pronged footprints and gashes in the ground where they'v...

Romaine lettuce outbreak tied to tainted irrigation canal

NEW YORK (AP) — Tainted irrigation water appears to be the source of a national food poisoning outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, health officials said Thursday. About 200 people we...

Hog wild: Pigs outnumber people in Denmark, No. 1 in Europe

BERLIN (AP) — Statistics show pigs are hogging the market in Europe as the largest livestock category and outnumber people in Denmark by more than two-to-one. European statistical ag...