Denmark has decided to cull its entire mink population of approximately 17 million farmed mink because of a coronavirus mutation discovered in the animals that may have spread to humans. Denmark's Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, said at a press conference that the mutated virus could spread to other countries, and it "may pose a risk to the effectiveness of a future vaccine."
On Facebook, Mette Frederiksen posted an official statement about putting down all mink in Denmark to prevent Coronavirus. "As a government, we will do everything we can to ensure that the mutated infection is contained and does not spread further," Frederiksen said. "That's why — unfortunately — it's necessary to put down all minks in Denmark." Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said it was a "heavy decision," but the situation required "resolute action."
Denmark is one of the world's largest fur producers, and Danish mink skins are the most expensive on the market. Because of consumers' high demand, about 1,500 Danish fur farmers could produce approximately 19 million mink skins. Not just mink, but also some fox, chinchilla, and rabbit skins.
"We have a great responsibility towards our own population, but with the mutation that has now been found, we have an even greater responsibility for the rest of the world as well," Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a news conference, according to the BBC.
Not only Denmark, but other countries such as the Netherlands and Spain also did the same thing in order to prevent Coronavirus. In June, the Netherlands killed the minks in farms because it said mink farms risked becoming a "virus reservoir," and risky to both human and animal health.
A September study by Dutch experts found it "very likely" that minks had passed coronavirus infections back to employees in the first proven case of animal-to-human transmission. According to the Washington Post, Spain also euthanized nearly 100,000 minks in July, citing concerns that they might spread the virus back to people.
If the government thinks this is urgent enough to make them kill the entire minks in Denmark, perhaps it's time for them to see that fur farms are unavailing. The fundamental problem is not the minks; it's the farm and the fur business.
From eating bats to fur businesses, it's clear that since the beginning that the source of the problem is animal consumption, and the solution is to stop killing them for food, pointless fashion accessories, and other purposes.