By: Dr. Whitney Miller, assistant director, Governmental Relations Division
The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced a landmark $20 million commitment to reduce the damage caused by invasive feral swine. This program will go to help states address the rapidly expanding population of feral swine that are said to cause over $1.5 billion in damage every year.
Feral swine not only cause environmental damage, but also pose disease risks to livestock, people, pets and wildlife. Feral swine could be a source of introduction or spread of many foreign animal diseases in the United States, such as classical swine fever, African swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease.
The AVMA supports efforts that facilitate the removal of all feral swine from private and public lands to safeguard and protect animal, human and ecosystem health. The association also supports increased funding for research into the scientific methods for control and eradication of the feral swine population.
For more information about these and other wildlife services programs, visit USDA’s website.