The Danish authorities have changed their minds to exterminate all minks on fur farms in the country due to the danger of transmission of a mutated form of coronavirus from these animals to humans. This was stated by the Minister for Gender Equality, Food and Fisheries of Food Products Mogen Jensen, TASS reports with reference to local television.
“We are doing everything in our power to preserve the animals as much as possible,” the official said. He stressed that the original decision on the mass scoring has been revised.
As early as November 10, Jensen said that such a decision had no legal basis.
Earlier, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the susceptibility of minks to coronavirus, which makes them dangerous to humans. According to WHO spokesman Catherine Smallwood, minks are quite capable of transmitting infection. In this regard, there is a risk that the mink population may somehow facilitate the transmission of the virus from animal to person and then from person to person.
On November 5, Denmark decided to destroy all minks on fur farms to prevent the spread of the mutated coronavirus. In these animals, an infection was found that spreads to humans and contributes to the weakening of the ability to form antibodies. There are currently 12 registered people with this virus.