Denmark to cull up to 17 million mink amid coronavirus fears
Denmark will cull all its mink – as many as 17 million – after a mutated form of coronavirus that can spread to humans was found on mink farms.
Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said the mutated virus posed a “risk to the effectiveness” of a future Covid-19 vaccine.
Denmark is the world’s biggest producer of mink fur and its main export markets are China and Hong Kong.
The culling began late last month, after many mink cases were detected.
Coronavirus cases have also been detected in farmed mink in the Netherlands and Spain since the pandemic began in Europe.
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And last month, it was revealed that lions and tigers at a New York zoo had caught the disease from their keepers.
Coronavirus could be “catastrophic” for endangered wildlife and we must act now to protect them, said Dr Peta Hitchens of the University of Melbourne.
This includes thorough regulation of wildlife trade and trafficking, as well as protection of ecosystems where human encroachment and destruction “has resulted in increased interactions between us and wild animals”.
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I just hope to goodness they don’t find a strain of Covid that can jump from my veggie burger to me.