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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalArcadia: Explorations in Environmental History
VolumeSummer 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


  • animals
  • viruses
  • wildlife
  • nationalism
  • environmental politics
  • landscape change
  • borderlands
  • border security


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