I hope this pig of a fact won’t boar you

Humans took pigs with them to the Americas, and Oceania including Australia. These intelligent, creative but aggressive people escaped, and have been breeding in the wild. They are a major problem wherever they live, and have caused the extinctions of many local species.

I have just read a report that they also have a major climate impact.

Unlike the poor creatures kept in factory farms, wild pigs eat by ploughing up the soil with their tough snouts. This exposes organic matter, which is of course the idea: they eat some of it. But all the little stuff like fungi and plant bitses left are exposed to oxygen, and rapidly decay to release carbon dioxide.

The scale of their contribution to climate change is staggering. (Sorry, I have a vision of a scale, you know, for measuring weights, staggering around, but then that’s why I love clichés.) In just the areas where they are invasive rather than native, they generate as much carbon dioxide annually as 1.1 million cars.

Maybe we need to electrify our global wild pig population?

Actually, there is a better method, developed in Australia: Hoggone. Sodium nitrite is not that good for humans, but is fatal for pigs, and the resulting death is free of suffering. It makes them feel like a nap, and they wake up dead.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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