Denmark extends deadline for killing all the mink in the country

Mink breeder Thorbjoern Jepsen - minkPhoto: Henning Bagger / Ritzau Scanpix via AP

Danish authorities have extended the deadline for breeders to receive compensation for the killing of mink.

The so-called “tempo bonus,” according to which mink breeders receive money to kill their animals quickly, will be extended for three days – until November 19, the Ministry of the Environment and Food stated.

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

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

This applies to sick as well as healthy animals.

Disputed legal basis

The legal basis for the scheme is still being negotiated, and it must be in place before the money can be paid out, but the amounts in the scheme will not be changed.

In seven municipalities in North Jutland, farmers will receive NOK 30 per mink, while in the rest of the country NOK 20 is paid for each animal that is killed by November 19.

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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