WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A five-foot fence that stretches up to 40 miles along the German border is being erected by the Danish government.
- In a bid to prevent the spread of the African swine fever and protect the country’s pork industry, the wall which costs about $4.6 million is intended to keep wild boars out.
- The virus is highly contagious for pigs and is easily spread, however, it is not dangerous for humans.
Another controversial wall is being built.
But unlike Trump’s wall, this is to keep pigs out and prevent African swine fever from spreading.
The Danish government has begun constructing an estimated 5-foot tall fence that is over 40 miles long that runs alongside its German border on Monday.
In a statement, the country’s Minister for Environment and Food, Jakob Ellemann-Jensen said: “The fence and our increased efforts to hunt wild boar will break the chain of infection so there is less risk of African swine spreading to Denmark.”
Further, the government said that other efforts to restrain the potential spread of the virus are increased.
The first case was spotted in 2014 in Poland from a wild boar in Belarus. While in Belgium, the first case was seen near its border with Luxembourg and France in September. So far, The Associated Press said no cases have been reported yet in Germany.
The intergovernmental World Organization for Animal Health said that although the virus doesn’t pose risks on human health, it is highly contagious for pigs and can be spread through various ways tied to the animals.
However, agriculture spokesperson Orla Osterby for the Conservative People’s Party of Denmark said in a statement on Monday that even though the African swine fever is harmless to people, their government still has to protect their pork industry and prevent it from being jeopardized.
Almost half of Denmark’s agricultural exports and 5 percent of the country’s overall exports came from their pork industry. In fact, according to the European Union’s Eurostat, there are more pigs than people in Denmark in 2016 with a ratio of 2:1.
Critics, however, say the border barrier would be ineffective.
“Beyond the fact that wild boars are extremely powerful animals and likely make their way through or under it, it’s likely not a practical way to prevent the African swine fever,” wrote Ohio University biology professor Viorel D. Popescu, in an email to the Daily Beast.
Moreover, Bo Oeksnebjerg, Denmark’s World Wildlife Fund general secretary told the Local that the fence will hinder the movement of rare and endangered species between Denmark and Germany.
The fence which will cost $4.6 million is soon to be completed this fall.
Source: Global News