A guide on how not to tragically end up as dinner
[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f it’s a hearty meal you want, Oblix will be more than obliged to fetch a wild boar for dinner.
And especially in Germany, wild boar meat is a delicacy.
Radiation that persists after decades
The Chernobyl Nuclear Plant in Ukraine may have exploded 3 decades ago, but its effects are still roaming around in Germany. The German forests are at least a good 700 miles from the nuclear disaster, and yet they continue to bear the brunt of the damage.
At least one-third of the boars roaming in Saxony, East Germany, displayed radiation levels above the safety limit – 600 Becquerel per kilogram. According to the Telegraph, these wild boars are the surviving legacy of Chernobyl’s widespread contamination.
Radioactive Boar roam the forests of Germany
But these wild boars are only the helpless, unsuspecting victims of radiation poisoning. Mushrooms, fungus and other organic materials found in the soil have imbibed the radiation and have passed it onto their predators, the wild boars.
“Their diet of mushrooms and other plants that store radiation,” Klaus Richter from Saxony’s hunting association
It’s now a mandatory law that boar meat has to be tested first before deeming it fit for human consumption. It comes as no surprise that the boar’s population has hit the roof over the past 20 years.
And here comes the Government to save the day
In just a year, a staggering 297 boars were disposed of because they exhibited unusually high amounts of radiation. This poisoning affected more than the squat availability of meat for the citizens. The Government had to bear the expenses and compensate for the hunters whose livelihood depended on selling this game.
“You should not expect that wild boars in the southern Vogtland region are now glowing in the dark, but regulations in Germany and the European Union are very strict,” local environment ministry spokesman Frank Meyer told NBC News.
The situation continues to look bleak as experts predict that the radiation may linger for another half a century.
It’s not boar season anymore, at least not for another 50 years.