The traditional Christmas dinner is roast pork with red cabbage and caramelized potatoes. As a Snack, to watch TV, one likes to buy Flæskesvær – in pork fat fried pork rinds. Denmark is a country of farmers and of the Borstenviehs. Each year, the sows throw in the country is about 32 million piglets. On each inhabitant of 5.5 pigs to come. Almost half of it is fattened in enormous enterprises with more than 8,000 animals. Most of the broiler factories are located in Jutland, the Peninsula North of Schleswig-Holstein. So, where wild pigs on a width of 70 kilometers, between the Danish town of Tønder and Flensburg, Germany, just across the green line for a walk and to the Kingdom come.

This immigration, the Danish government wants to be led by the peasant party, the liberal party and supported by the right-wing populists of the Danish people’s party, now with a metal fence fight. Since the summer of the expropriation procedures for the route. Currently, employees of the office for nature management, nature mark styrelsen, the fence guide with red pennants. The tender runs, in December the contract is to be awarded, so that construction can begin in January. In the autumn of 2019, the metal fence is to be finished. The iron curtain against wild pigs is 1.5 meters high and juts out a half a Meter into the ground – after all, they are for your Wühlvermögen known.

opposition from conservation organisations, who see threats to biodiversity, and from the left parties, who doubt the purpose of the ten-million-Euro investment: were the wild are pigs good swimmers, you could also cross the two-mile-wide Bay of Kiel. Also could use wild the Openings pigs in the fence to roads and Railways for their Invasion.

Denmark’s farmers are suffering already

Despite such warnings, the opposition social Democrats for the fence voted. It all has to be objectively done to minimize the potential risk due to African swine fever and felt: This is the prevailing opinion in Denmark. This is only to be understood when you know the importance of the pig sector in the country. In spite of high Export earnings in the engineering industry, in the pharmaceutical and medical industry to make piglets and pork amazing five per cent of the total exports. According to one estimate, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) would be a single case of African swine the Land of plague cost 400 million euros, and there, where it hurts especially in the structurally weak rural areas.

“If only one is found with African swine fever infected wild boar, us, China and other third countries outside the EU pork more,” explains Jens Munk Ebbesen, veterinary Director of the industry Association, Landbrug & Fødevarer. Exports with a volume of EUR 1.4 billion would be compromised: “It would take up to a year, to the countries to open their markets.”

For many farmers this would probably be the end of it. Pig prices are now as low as in the last ten years. And due to the large drought in the summer, the farmers have harvested little grain and have to buy food expensive. For decades, the industry is exposed to a large concentration of pressure. In 1992, there were 57,000 in farms with pigs, in the meantime, the number of farms has fallen to 3,200. Grow or go: Who stays, in debt, often to the country and stables, to purchase the card. 450 farms that are already in crisis, have a combined Bank debt of 2.7 billion euros – that’s around six million euros in the cut.

The fence is also a Signal

The fence was only one Element among several to reduce the likelihood of an outbreak in Denmark, explains Jens Munk Ebbesen. “Healthy wild pigs can become infected when they eat a with the pathogen contaminated sausage bread, for example, if a traveler from Eastern Europe has thrown it all away to a resting place. Unlike other countries, we have the ability to remove the wild boar from our nature, and that is exactly what we try now.”

For about 200 years in Denmark, actually, not a wild boar. But since a couple of years, the animals ran from Germany. At the beginning of the year, the stock was estimated to be 50 to 100 black coat. The government relaxed the beginning of the year, the hunting regulations, around free-the-clock “fire” and asked the hunters for help. So far, around 46 animals could be shot. The Rest should now be in the Winter with the lining in fenced-in areas, curly, where it can then be easily killed. No animals nachwandern, in the future, the fence should provide, at the cost of the pig farmers participate. For each pig they sell 2019, you pay 90 Øre (twelve Euro cents) in a industry Foundation, which paid 40 percent of the fence cost.

So, the farmers not only hope to prevent the disease on Danish soil. It is explicitly intended to minimise the consequences of an outbreak in Germany. “Third countries, such as China, can also see thanks to the fence: we do everything We can to prevent the swine fever in our country,” says Jens Munk Ebbesen. “Even in a case in Germany you would not need to close their markets to Denmark.”