Denmark’s government said it has secured majority support in parliament for plans to dismantle 15 million or more minks on farms to prevent the mutated coronavirus from infecting people. This was reported by the AR. No vote has been taken on this issue.
In early November, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said that the minks can be carriers of the new coronavirus, it mutated in them and can be transmitted to people. And this mutation suppresses the production of antibodies to the virus. To prevent its mass spread, the government decided to order the destruction of all the minks on the farms of the country, not only in the north, where the infection was confirmed. It was also intended to ban the cultivation of dens on farms by the end of 2021.
Then it turned out that the government did not have such authority. Therefore Frederiksen publicly apologized and submitted this proposal to Parliament. The head of the Ministry of Agriculture Mogens Jensen said at a plenary session on November 17 that the Social Democrats, who control the government and have a minority in parliament, have gained the support of four more parties in this matter.
According to the latest officials, more than 200 workers on Danish mink farms were infected with the coronavirus. Animals have been infected on 283 farms, 265 of which have already killed all their pets. There are a total of 1139 such farms in the country, employing more than 6000 people. These farms supply the world market with 40% of the Mink fur. The decision on how to compensate for all losses due to the destruction of animals has not yet been made.
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