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Tel 07803218453 The national Trust has come under fierce criticism for its decision to cull wild boar on its 2,650-acre Stourhead estate in wiltshire.
The estate, which boasts a Palladian mansion and famous gardens with temples, grottos and a lake, has recently become home to a small sounder of wild boar. a statement from the be carried out by an experienced and licensed marksman who conforms to national Trust standards of safety and animal welfare.”
according to a best practice guide from the Deer Initiative:
“The most widely applied method of reducing numbers is shooting. If it is done according to good practice, shooting is a humane
The decision to cull the boar has met with widespread criticism. In a letter to the Guardian, vet and animal welfare advocate alick Simmons said: “The national Trust’s intention to kill the wild boar on one of its wiltshire properties is symptomatic of a growing tendency to de-risk every outdoor activity. This, despite there being almost no records of injuries to people.”
Shooting enthusiasts were also critical of the decision, with one Gloucestershire-based shooter commenting: “I’m not sure what is worse — that they pay a ‘marksman’ when I’m free or that people are intimidated by nature.”
In January, a dog-walker in the Forest of Dean lost the tip of his finger after an attack by a wild boar. It is believed to be the only injury from a wild boar attack in the UK for more than 300 years.
“There is a growing tendency to de-risk every outdoor activity”