Oklahoma Pork Council Calls Proposed Feral Swine Rule a Good Plan to Start Working Toward Complete Eradication of Wild Hogs in OklahomaTue, 16 Feb 2016 20:25:42 CST
The public comment period for the proposed rule on Feral Swine ends on Wednesday, February 17- and a public hearing on the proposed rule will happen at 1:00 PM the same day. According to the language published, the Agency says that the rule is to implement the Feral Swine Control Act and (in new proposed language) "to adopt aggressive measures for the eradication of all feral swine in the State of Oklahoma." The purpose goes on to state that "Feral swine pose a health risk to humans, livestock, companion animals and native wildlife. The Department's goal is to render the State of Oklahoma free of feral swine."
One of the agricultural organization submitting comments at the end of the comment period is the Oklahoma Pork Council. In a letter that expresses their comments,. the Pork Council signals that "okPORK generally supports the proposed rules in Subchapter 34- Feral Swine." After offering comments about several sections of the proposed rule- the Pork Council offers the following summary statement:
"In summary- the Oklahoma Pork Council supports the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry's proposed rules regarding Feral Swine. We agree with the stated purpose of the rules and we encourage the Department to work toward a goal of complete eradication of feral swine in Oklahoma."
Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talked with Roy Lee Lindsay of the Pork Council about their submitted comments- and Lindsay told Hays that they see this rule as an improvement over current rules and what is being enforced in the state at this time. He likened the task of eliminating all wild hogs from the state of Oklahoma to a very large elephant- and said the only way you can eat anything like a large elephant is one bite at a time. Lindsay says each step we take using this plan as a blueprint has the potential of getting us closer to the ultimate goal of ridding Oklahoma from this invasive species.
Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear the full conversation that Ron Hays had with Roy Lee Lindsay about the control of Feral Swine in the state.
Click here for the complete language of the proposed rule as published by ODAFF.
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