By: B Goode
So wild boars are running amok in some parts of Singapore; dashing across roads causing danger to motorists and there was even news of attacks on passers-by.
And what are the authorities doing about this menace? They are still thinking….
In the words of Clint Eastwood:
It’s a very confusing era that we’re in.
I must be one of the few people in Singapore who still thinks that if an animal poses a threat to human lives, kill it! And if it is edible, might as well eat it.
Mother nature demands balance. The reason why wild boars are coming out of the nature reserves is because of over-population. Whatever little patches of forest that we have are no longer enough to support the burgeoning numbers.
In the past, there were tigers and leopards to control the wild boars population. Then came the human hunters. Now, hunting is prohibited in the nature reserves and so the wild boars threw a party, had an orgy and they were even confident enough to form conga lines across our roads and expressways.
I got all that from the Discovery Channel so it must be true.
Before someone gets killed, it is time that the wild boars are culled. Culling does not mean extermination but simply us humans acting as the predators to keep their numbers in check.
And culling is an accepted act in many other countries because in those countries their animal lovers truly understand what it means to love animals. They understand that culling is good for the health and well-being of the animals because a disrupted and devastated environment due to over-population will pose greater risk to the animals themselves and humans.
But here in Singapore, the animal lovers’ concept of animal-loving is to just leave them alone. This is not only irresponsible but downright implausible.
My suggestion is to bring back culling in the form of licensed hunting. Licenses are issued for the hunting of a pre-determined numbers of animals. It is a win win situation.
The government gets some money which they like, the hunters get some thrill and bushmeat, and most importantly the environment gets the balance that they are in desperate need of.
And I can safely walk along the roads without having to worry that an angry boar will come charging at me out of nowhere.