Denmark wants 15 million mink on COVID fears – tech2.org

Denmark wants 15 million mink on COVID fears


The Danish Prime Minister says the government wants to pull all 15 million minks into Danish farms to reduce the risk of re-transmitting new coronoviruses to humans

Mate Friedrichsen said in a report by a government agency that a map of coronovirus in Denmark showed a mutation in the virus found in 12 people in the northern part of the country that was infected with mink. Health Minister Magnus Hunnicke said that half of 783 human COVID-19 cases in northern Denmark are related to “mink”.

“It’s very serious,” Friedrichsen said. “Thus, viruses mutated in mink can have devastating consequences worldwide.”

Denmark is one of the world’s leading mink fur exporters, producing an estimated 17 million furs per year. Copenhagen für, an affiliate of 1,500 Danish breeders, accounted for 40% of global mink production. Most of its exports go to China and Hong Kong.

According to government estimates, pulling the country’s 15 million minks could cost 5 billion kronor ($ 785 million). “It should happen as soon as possible,” said National Police Chief Thorilde Fogade.

Denmark’s minister for food, Mogens Jensen, said 207 farms were now infected, since last month 41, and the disease has spread to all of Jutland’s western peninsula.

Last month, Denmark began pulling millions of minkels in the north of the country. The government has promised to provide compensation to the farmers.

The country has confirmed COVID-19 infections and 729 deaths.

Of the 1,139 fur farms in Denmark, 207 have been infected with COVID-19, which prompted the announcement. Millions of minks will be killed as a result.

The Animal Welfare Group Humane Society International commended the Prime Minister for “such an essential and science-based step for the protection of Danish citizens”, and said that it is hoped that Coronovirus will lose so much mink. Causes farms to go out of business.

“Although the deaths of millions of minks – whether sacrificed for COVID-19 or killed for fur – are an animal welfare tragedy, fur farmers are now forced to move away from this cruel and dying industry and choose a more humane and sustainable There will be a clear opportunity for livelihood instead, ”said Joanna Sveba, spokesperson for the Humane Society International-Europe.

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