More than 15 million mink, which were recently killed and buried after the discovery of a mutated coronavirus in Denmark, may have to be dug up again.
In recent weeks, the Danish government has been subjected to massive criticism after it became clear that there was a lack of legal authority for ordering the massive killing of mink in the country.
Minister of Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries Mogens Jensen has resigned, but the dead minks continue to haunt the Danes.
Fear that large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen will leak into the ground from the mass graves where the animals are located means that Jensen’s successor Rasmus Prehn is now considering digging them up again.
In Holstebro, such gas led to the buried animals being pushed to the surface this week because the graves had not been dug deep enough.
“Ever since the first time I heard about this, I have had a desire to dig them up again and burn them,” Prehn told Danish TV 2.
A majority in the Danish Parliament, where the matter has already been discussed, supports the idea, but the environmental authorities must approve the plan before it can be implemented.
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.
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