Denmark builds a border fence — but it has nothing to do with migrants

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By Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Denmark has begun erecting a 43-mile fence along the German border to keep out wild boars in an attempt to prevent the spread of African swine fever, which could jeopardize the country’s valuable pork industry.

Work on the fence, which will be up to 5 feet tall, began Monday in Padborg, 136 miles southwest of Copenhagen.

It was authorized by Danish lawmakers in June after the government warned that Denmark’s pork exports to non-European Union countries — worth $1.6 billion annually — could be affected by African swine fever. In 2016, total Danish pork exports were worth about $4.55 billion.

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