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Government consultation on Invasive Species plans for wild pigs

Ontario Pork submission regarding Invasive Species plans for wild pigs

October 19, 2021

Ontario’s Strategy to Address the Threat of Invasive Wild Pigs has been finalized. The strategy outlines a proactive approach to prevent the establishment of invasive wild pigs in the province. https://ero.ontario.ca/notice/019-3468#decision-details
 

June 3, 2021

Ontario Pork supports the inclusion of wild pigs as an invasive species under the Act. In other jurisdictions, wild pigs pose a significant risk to the pork industry and have proven to have a detrimental impact on animals, crops and farmer livelihood. Wild pigs have also spread African Swine Fever (ASF), a reportable disease that decimates entire herds and jeopardizes trade. While ASF has not been found in North America, the importance of addressing wild pigs in Ontario, and across Canada, cannot be overstated.

Eurasian wild boars, although not native to Canada, nor North America, became part of the wild pig population. Wild pigs cause destruction and can spread deadly diseases. Eradication efforts in other jurisdictions within North America have been unsuccessful. Ontario Pork strongly supports Ontario’s approach, which includes ensuring that the federal government and other jurisdictions are part of the efforts to ensure that wild pigs do not become established in Ontario.

Ontario Pork also appreciates MNRF’s acknowledgment of the important leadership role our organization and members have in ensuring wild pigs do not become established in Ontario and the Ministry’s commitment to continued collaboration with stakeholders.

Read more by downloading Ontario Pork’s submission, found below.
 

July 17, 2020

Ontario continues fight against invasive wild pigs.
 

April 15, 2020

Ontario Pork supports the addition of wild pigs to the Invasive Species Act, 2015. Wild pigs pose a significant risk to the pork industry and have proven to have a detrimental impact on animals, crops and farmer livelihood.

In other jurisdictions, wild pigs have spread African Swine Fever (ASF), a disease that decimates entire herds. Ontario Pork firmly believes that the importance of addressing wild pigs in Ontario, and across Canada, cannot be overstated.

Ontario Pork also strongly believes that further dialogue is required and requested that our organization be included in any future discussions regarding wild pigs and regulation development under the Invasive Species Act, 2015.


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Last updated October 19, 2021

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Rachelle Wood, Sr. Policy Advisor. rachelle.wood@ontariopork.on.ca, 519-767-4600 Ext. 1202

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