the controversial building. 70 kilometers long and is about 1.50 meters high fence to prevent German wild pigs will move across the border of Schleswig-Holstein to Denmark. So to protect the Kingdom from the African swine fever (ASF). The steel fence is not enough for half a metre wide in the ground so that the animals can, including by digging.

As of the end of March 2018, the message came to Denmark are not to be tested, the construction of a fence on the border, thought a few of a early April fool’s joke. However, the Danes are serious about this: in The Morning, should be set at Padborg (Padborg) just 15 kilometres to the West of Flensburg in the first post. In the course of the year, the fence will be completed, and then along the entire land border between the two countries extend, interrupted by twenty permanent passages, for example, for the traffic.

pig breeding plays in Denmark, the significant role

The Danish government wants to protect with the construction project for one of the country’s major pig breeding. Fear of plague is the causative agent of African swine. If the broadcasts on Danish stocks, would have to be stopped, according to Danish government figures for all exports to Non-EU countries.

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farmers worry: billions of dollars in losses by the swine fever?


It comes to a considerable sum: According to the Ministry of environment in Copenhagen exported Danish farmers in 2016, pigs for the equivalent of around four billion euros, of which 1.5 billion euros outside the EU. “This plays an important role for our welfare society and for jobs in Denmark,” said Minister of the environment, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.

For the people the Virus is harmless, it consequences for farmers and Export threaten but. Are affected in Europe, especially the countries of Eastern Europe and the Baltic States – and, since September of last year, Belgium, where the pathogen in feral pigs is only about 60 kilometers from the German border has been demonstrated. How he got there? This is still unclear, says the spokeswoman of the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute (FLI), Elke Reinking. There are several theories. The FLI is the Federal research Institute for animal health. Its headquarters are located in Greifswald.

animal disease in Germany

arrived so Far, the disease, against which there is no vaccine arrived in Germany. The risk of entry to Germany was still high, says Reinking. “The all-clear, we don’t give up.”

The steel fence on the border to prevent the request of the Danish government, that the German move wild pigs to Denmark. This holds, among others, the agricultural policy spokesman for the Danish people’s party, Lise Bech, right. It refers to the fact that in the Danish Region close to the border, many pigs would be bred. “If the disease gets to Germany, it is for us with the fence easier to control you.” A glance in the direction Belgium to see how important the fence.

This Argument is not shared by all pages. On The Contrary. So also in the Schleswig-Holstein’s agriculture and environment Minister, Jan Philipp Albrecht (greens) called the ASP, “a serious threat to the animals, and the pig market”. He pushes but the same afterwards: “On the usefulness and necessity of a fence between Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein, however, we have serious doubts about that.” The Virus is spread mainly through people – through the transport of Animals, hunting, travel, infected food. Important, for example, strict hygienic measures and education.

WWF: The is not relatively

The FLI holds the Transmission of the disease through the wild boar is also not the greatest risk. “The biggest risk factor is the human being,” said FLI spokeswoman Reinking.

The most Important thing about the disease

The should you of the African swine fever

Also in the German border community Harrislee dissatisfaction with the fence is great. The community has spoken out in the summer, in a statement already very clearly against the fences. “We believe that this is not proportionate,” says mayor Martin Ellermann. He fears the impact on the Fauna in the vicinity of the border, despite the loopholes for small animals of a size of 20 by 20 centimeters, to give it all a hundred meters in the fence.

The environment won’t damage it, it will be respected, assured, however, Bech from the Danish people’s party. Animal rights activists fear, however, that the fence, wolves, otters and Golden jackals could disturb in their natural habitat. “We believe that the fence is a really bad idea,” says the Secretary General of WWF Denmark, Bo Øksnebjerg. The fence is bad for the nature and will ensure to keep wild pigs out of the country. “That will not solve the Problem.” It was merely a form of symbolic politics.

The Internet is forming resistance

Øksnebjerg is not that many animal species reached the 20 permanent culverts in the fence for roads and paths, while this is for the wild pigs, no Problem. “The can run 35 miles per hour quickly. A hole you will find within a few minutes.”

Also on the Internet resistance of people from the border region is formed. The hunter Hans Kristensen of the Facebook active Initiative “Vildsvinehegn – nej tak” (wild boar fence – no, thank you) says to the fence, it was a complete misunderstanding. “This is a political decision and not one that makes technical sense, too.” A Danish Association, the Danish agriculture and Lebensmittelrat, sees it differently. Its Director Jens Munk Ebbesen warns: “to stop An infected wild boar would be enough to Export from Denmark to countries outside of the EU.” He is sure: “We need this fence definitely.”

Harris blank mayor bothers Ellermann, particularly in a Region that has become, due to their transnational life together for many, a role model, a visual border is manifested. Together with the a few years ago from Denmark reintroduced border controls, which throw no good light on the Region. “This is rather counter-productive.”

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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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