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Boar semen importers sentenced in Australia

Hygiene & Biosecurity

Federal agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie said the two men showed a disturbing disregard for the law and risked introducing exotic diseases.

Posted on Aug 14 ,11:48

Boar semen importers sentenced in Australia

Two Danish citizens living in Australia have been sentenced to jail and their company, GD Pork, fined due to boar semen imports between May 2009 and March 2017, which are seen as biosecurity breaches by the authorities. Torben Soerensen and Henning Laue were using the semen bought from Denmark in their artificial company's breeding program.
The imports were made illegally, according to the Federal agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie, informs Channel 9 News. "GD Pork imported the semen illegally in an attempt to get an unfair advantage over its competitors, through new genetics. Boar semen can potentially contain a number of exotic diseases, including porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome, which could devastate Australian breeding herds,' she said.
Soerensen was jailed for three years and must serve 18 months before he will be eligible for parole. Laue was convicted at two-year in prison, with a minimum of eight months to serve. GD Pork was fined AU$500,000 ($337,600).

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