Population of radioactive wild boars on the rise in Germany

August 7th, 2010 - 12:28 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Berlin, Aug 6 (THAINDIAN NEWS) There are shocking reports that the population of the radioactive wild boars is on the rise in Germany.

Due to the abundance of boars, their meat is also in abundance, but the sad part is that most of it is radioactive, so it is absolutely off limits. The reason behind the radioactive meat is that almost a quarter century ago there was the infamous Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine. This led to the radioactivity in the boars, which are present both in Ukraine and Germany.

According to Spiegel Online, the wild boars are especially fond of mushrooms and truffles, which is why they are so susceptible to the radioactive contamination, which in turn makes their meat out of bounds for the human beings. It also ought to be mentioned that this happens because the mushrooms are very effective and efficient at absorbing radioactivity, which they impart to the boars.

Because of the radioactivity issue, it is illegal in Germany to sell radioactive meat.

“The problem has been at a high level for a long time. It will likely remain that way for at least the next 50 years,” according to Joachim Reddemann, who is an expert authority on radioactivity in wild boar with the Bavarian Hunting Federation.

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