Denmark returns and allows mink breeding. 17 million minks were slaughtered in 2020 to fight the Coronavirus

The government introduced a temporary ban on mink breeding, after which it had a campaign to slaughter almost 17 million mink mammals in 2020, for fear that the animals could spread a mutation of the coronavirus, notes Reuters.

The decision sparked controversy after it emerged that there was no legal basis for requiring the culling of healthy minks.

On Friday, the Minister of Agriculture, Rasmus Prehn, declared that the ban on mink breeding will not be extended, after the current measure expires at the end of the year.

The lifting of the ban was done after an assessment by the health authorities showed that there is a limited risk to public health by resuming a “significantly reduced mink production and by introducing infection prevention measures”.

Last year, Denmark ordered the emergency culling of minks due to a mutation of the coronavirus that could, according to preliminary studies, threaten the effectiveness of the future vaccine for humans. Then, he adopted a law prohibiting the breeding of minks, thus providing a legal basis for the decision to slaughter, until then mandatory only in epidemic outbreaks.

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