Danish minister resigns after scandal surrounding the killing of million of mink

Killed minkPhoto: John Randeris / Ritzau Scanpix via AP

According to Danmarks Radio (DR), the controversial mink case led to the Danish Minister of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mogens Jensen resigning.

The Danish authorities decided to kill all mink in Denmark without ensuring that they had a legal basis for the decision.

“It is clear that I must have the trust of the parliamentary parties to carry out my job. 

“It is my assessment that I no longer have the necessary support among the parliamentary parties,” he told DR.

So far, 9 million of the country’s 17 million mink have been killed.

A mutated coronavirus among mink

In early November, it became known that a mutated coronavirus had begun to spread among mink in Denmark.

The government ordered that all mink in the country be killed to stop the spread.

This applies to sick as well as healthy animals.

Denmark is the world’s largest producer of mink fur. Between 1,100 and 1,200 farms employ around 6,000 people in the country.

According to the Veterinary Institute, there is no suspicion of infection among mink in Norway.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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