The Danish government on Tuesday admitted that it has no legal basis yet to order the extermination of the country’s 17 million mink stock.
In Denmark, they want to slaughter mink bred for their fur because different mutations in the coronavirus have been detected in animals. Authorities initiated the destruction of the stock last week on the grounds that
The Social Democratic minority government will hastily submit a bill to parliament on Tuesday to allow the eradication of the mines, but the opposition has stated that it will not allow the traditional thirty-day legislative process to be bypassed. Opposition parties say the slaughter of healthy mink cannot be initiated until there are plans to compensate the owners and workers of some 1,100 mink farms in the country.
The Danish Miners ‘Breeders’ Association estimates that killing minks could cost the state more than $ 800 million. They stressed that
According to the Danish Statistics Office, about 4,000 people were employed in the sector last year, which exported $ 800 million worth of 24.5 million furs.
The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomed the Danish leadership’s decision, but underlined that there is currently no evidence that a virus mutation transmitted from mink to humans poses greater risks. Sumja Swaminatan, a leading WHO expert, said several mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus have been detected so far. Swaminatan said:
He added that a team of experts is constantly monitoring the change in the pathogen.
(Cover image: Mink in Herning, Denmark, November 6, 2020. Photo: Ole Jensen / Getty Images Hungary)