Denmark wants to remove COVID concerns from all farming minks
Prime Minister of Denmark says that the government intends to eliminate all minks from Danish farms, to reduce the possibility of the current coronavirus being transmitted to human beings.
COPENHAGEN, Danish – The prime minister of Denmark said that on Wednesday, the government wished to lose all mink from Danish farms in order to reduce the possibility of human retransmission of the latest coronavirus.
Mette Frederiksen said a state agency study showing that coronavirus maps in Denmark showed a mutation in the virus in 12 people who had been infected by minks in the northern part of the world. Health Minister Magnus Heunicke has said that the north of Denmark “related” to mink is around half the 783 cases of COVID-19 humans.
Frederiksen said: ‘It’s very, very serious. “Therefore, the mutated mink virus can have worldwide catastrophic effects.”
Denmark has an estimated 17 million furs per year and is one of the world’s largest exporters of mink furs. Copenhagen Fur, the Danish breeder cooperative, accounts for 40% of world production of mink. Its exports are primarily made to China and Hong Kong.
Government estimates suggest that it will cost up to five billion kroner ($785 million) to ablaze the country’s 15 million minks. Thorkild Fogde, National Police Chief, said: “it should be handled as quickly as possible.”
Denmark’s food minister Mogens Jensen said that 207 farms, up from 41 last month, have now been affected and that this disease has spread to all of Jutland’s western peninsula.
Denmark began sacrificing millions of minks in northern Denmark last month. The administration has vowed to offset farmers.
50,530 COVID-19 infections and 729 deaths have been reported.
Out of the 1,139 farms in Denmark, a total of 207 were infected by COVID-19, which contributed to the announcement. As a result, millions of mink are going to be killed.
Humane Society International, an animal rights organisation, thanked the Prime Minister for taking “a vital scientific move to protect Danish citizens;” he hoped that losing too much coronavirus mink causes farms to get out of business.
“While the death of millions of mink-be they COVID-19 or fur-killer-is a tragedy to animal welfare, now it is clear that fur farmers will step away from the barbaric, die-hard business, and instead choose a more humane and sustainable livelihood,” said Joanna Swabe, spokesperson for the Human Society, International-EU.