Nearly nine million Danish mink have been killed

Mink killingPhoto: Morten Stricker Ritzau / Scanpix via AP

About 8.8 million mink have been killed on farms with corona infection or which are close to corona-infected farms in Denmark, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration confirmed on Monday.

Before the killings began, there were about 10.3 million mink on such farms. 

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration did not reveal how many mink have been killed on farms that do not fall into these categories.

In total, there were approximately 14 million mink in Denmark before the killings began.

The deadline for the so-called “tempo bonus,” which means that breeders receive money to kill their animals quickly, was extended on Sunday to November 19.

Mutated coronavirus

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.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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