Boar-der Fencing: Human-Animal Relations in the Danish Borderlands

Michael Eilenberg, Annika Pohl Harrisson

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Abstract

In response to the threat of migrating wild boar carrying African Swine Fewer (ASF) across the border from Germany, Denmark erected a wildlife fence along its entire southern border in 2019. Denmark is the only EU country where pigs outnumber people, and the pork industry is considered vital to the national economy. However, the construction of the fence, cutting through the landscape and visibly separating both humans and animals, has ignited fervent debates about nationality, belonging, and how feral animals are portrayed and politicized.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftArcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
Vol/bindSummer 2023
Nummer8
ISSN2199-3408
DOI
StatusUdgivet - jun. 2023

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