File - Algerian hunters gather around a shot wild boar during a hunt near the northern Algerian village of Thenia, in the Hamrouna province, some 80 kms east of Algiers, on May 9, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/FAROUK BATICHE)
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Algeria back on the hunt for a wild delicacy after civil war hiatusWith rifles slung over their shoulders and accompanied by a pack of hounds, the hunters head into the thicket in pursuit of wild boar, thriving since Algeria's Islamist insurgency halted the practice 20 years ago. Just 55 kilometers east of the capital, the inhabitants of Thenia were targeted during the 1990s by militants searching for guns to fight with, which resulted in the authorities confiscating weapons. They also banned hunting, a highly popular activity at the time, with some 50,000 wild boar killed every year by the estimated 60,000 hunters and 320 separate associations operating in Algeria. If Algeria wants to export its wild boar meat – considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, but prohibited for Muslims – it will face administrative hurdles, because Algerian vets are not trained in swine diseases.
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