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The Danish Protest Pigrnis a rare breed of domestic pig. They are red but with a broad white verticalrnbelt and a trace of a white horizontal belt. because of their colors they resembles the Flagrnof Denmark. They originated in North Frisia in Southern Schleswig in thernbeginning of the 20th century, when Danes living in the area were not allowedrnto raise the Danish flag and kept and displayed the Protest Pig instead, makingrnit a symbol of their cultural identity.

rnrnThey grow to about 36" high and up to 350kg. They probably were created outrnof Holsteinian and Jutlandian marsh pigs, the English Tamworth pig, and a redrnvariants of the Angeln Saddleback. They were recognized as a unique breed inrn1954, but after a last birth in 1968, the race was considered extinct.

rnrnLuckily many years later, in 1984, pigs fully corresponding to therndescriptions of the race were seen again. Associations of breeders continue tornbreed them and to register existing pigs of this breed. 

rnrnBreeding populations now exist in the BerlinrnZoological Garden, the Hanover Zoo, the Tierpark Arche Warder near Kiel, in thernZOOM Erlebniswelt Gelsenkirchen, in Dalmsdorf, Hof Lütjensee und on thernArchehof Blumencron. The Dortmund Zoo and the Tierpark Krüzen house smallrnpopulations as well. At the moment, around 140 specimens are alive worldwide.rnThe German federal state of Schleswig-Holstein supports preservation of thernrace for its cultural value.


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