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Wild boar fence on the border passes through parliament

Monday the 4th of June a broad majority in the Danish parliament passed a law introducing a wild boar fence along the Danish border. The fence is one of the initiatives aimed at preventing African swine fever from reaching Denmark.

There will be a wild boar fence along the Danish-German border. The building of the fence was decided by a vote Monday the 4th of June in the Danish parliament where the Danish government along with the Social Democrats and The Danish People’s Party voted for the law. A law raising fines for actions that can cause the spread of African swine fever such as lack of cleaning on animal transports was also passed.

The laws are both part of an agreement from March between the government and the Danish People’s Party to strengthen the effort against African swine fever.

- If African swine fever reaches Denmark, we are looking at the immediate shutting down of an 11 billion DKK export a year. That is why we are doing everything in our power to prevent it. One of those things is to go after wild boars in Denmark, thereby minimizing the risk that they get African swine fever. The wild boar fence will help prevent new wild boars from regularly coming into Denmark from Germany, says minister for the environment and food Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.

Nightly hunting and EU efforts

The Danish pork industry had in 2016 a export of about 30 billion DKK: 19 billion DKK to other EU countries and 11 billion DKK to countries outside the EU. In case of an outbreak of African swine fever the export to non EU-countries will shut down. Therefore the government and the Danish People’s Party have agreed to a number of initiatives aimed at preventing African swine fever from reaching Denmark.

- The fence is far from a standalone effort. We have also introduced new hunting times allowing wild boar hunt around the clock and are actively hunting wild boar on state grounds while at the same time carrying out an information campaign about the risk of spreading African swine fever through food waste. The government is also pushing EU for a greater European effort. So we are using every tool in the box, says Jakob Ellemann-Jensen.

The passing of the fence law means that the erection of a wild boar fence along the 70 km Danish-German border can be approved, once the necessary examinations of natural, environmental and cultural aspects have been carried out. The approval is expected in the autumn of 2018.

Facts about the effort to prevent African swine fever

The government and the Danish People’s Party have agreed to spend 123.9 million DKK on the effort to prevent African swine fever from reaching Denmark, 30 million DKK will be provided by the industry as co-financing for the wild boar fence.

Initiatives concerning the effort to make wild boars extinct in Denmark:

  • Erecting a fence along the Danish-German border
  • Changing hunting regulations to allow increased hunting of wild boar
  • Increasing the surveillance of the wild boar population and free examinations of dead wild boars for diseases relating to farm animals
  • Intensified efforts on state and private grounds  in Southern Jutland
  • Upgrade of the Schweiss-register – a register of tracking dogs
  • More corporation with Danish Hunter’s Association

Veterinary initiatives:

  • Raising fines for transgressions relating to the risk of spreading African swine flu and other serious farm animal diseases
  • Strengthening of the veterinary alert
  • Erecting signs in highway rest areas
  • Intensifying information campaign with regards to infection and food waste
  • Advising open country farmers about infection risk and food waste.  

Further information:

Press secretary Jakob Volf, the Danish Ministry of Environment and Food, tel. +45 91 33 47 94, e-mail: jamvo@mfvm.dk 


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