Uproar As Government Orders All Minks In Ireland To Be Culled

Uproar As Government Orders All Minks In Ireland To Be Culled

"The government must intervene now to shut the fur farms now and ban them for good".

The Danish health ministry said in a press release Thursday that no further cases of the C5 variant have been detected since September 15, and that this variant is now thought to be extinct.

Mink, similar to ferrets, cats and dogs, are more susceptible to contracting the coronavirus, posing a risk they could mutate the virus and return a variant to humans. The "mink coronavirus" has proved to reduce antibody efficacy and has been identified in more than 300 variants, according to research from University College London (UCL) Genetics Institute as cited by the Guardian.

Plans have already been in place to phase out the practice but it's understood the Chief Medical Officer has written to the dep of Agriculture recommending they mink be culled over the next few weeks.

However, some mink farms may still remain infected with Covid-19 beyond the cluster 5 mutation.

More precisely, it is the government's decision on November 4 to cull the entire mink population in Denmark without legal basis that has led to Jensen's ministerial demise.

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After attempting to pass emergency legislation to cull all mink in the country, Denmark has taken a step back.

In a statement today, the Department of Agriculture said it had been working closely with the public health authorities, as well as with the operators of mink farms in Ireland, to address any potential risks arising as a result of the Covid-19 variant. Opposition parties are calling for Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen to follow suit.

"Mink fur farms are an ideal breeding ground for this virus, and the Danish health authorities have warned mutations of the virus among mink could undermine the effectiveness of future vaccines too". Greece announced last week it had culled minks on farms where the animals had tested positive.

Poland, which is a major producer of mink fur, started coronavirus tests among its farmed minks and checks among the workers earlier this month after a mutated virus was detected in farmed minks in Denmark, leading to a nationwide cull there.

Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden are the other nations to have discovered SARS-CoV-2 in minks, the agency said in a statement.

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