COPENHAGEN, DENMARK (AP) – After the gases accumulated inside the body, the Danish authorities boarded the Danube authorities on Thursday to take some of the thousands of mink in order to minimize the risk of re-transmitting the new corona virus to humans from their shallow graves in western Denmark they rose.
“The gases are causing the animals to expand, and in the worst case, the mink will be pushed out of the ground,” said Jannike Elmegaard, of the Danish Veterinary and Food Authority. According to him, this affected “a few hundred” animals.
We are buried in trenches 2.5 meters deep and 8 meters wide. The first layer of dead mink, about 1 meter dead, is then covered with chalk, and another layer of animals is laid, which is again covered with chalk and then with dirt, Elmegaard told the Associated Press.
But since the soil where it is buried is sandy, some have reappeared. “We assume that mink appears in the top layer,” he added, calling it a “natural process.”
“If the earth had been more clayey, it would have been heavier and the mink would not have come to the fore again,” he told the AP. Resurrected animals are reburied elsewhere, and authorities guard the site to keep foxes and birds away.
Denmark discarded thousands of mink in the northern part of the country after 11 people became ill with a mutated version of the coronavirus found in the animals.
Earlier this month, the Social Democratic minority government received a majority in parliament to support its decision to destroy all of Denmark’s roughly 15 million mink, including healthy ones outside the northern part of the country where infections were found. The bill will also ban mink breeding until the end of 2021.
The government announced the scrapping despite not having the right to order the killing of healthy animals. This is an embarrassing misunderstanding that has led to the formation of a political consensus on the new law.
Parliament must also decide on compensation for farmers. Danish mink farms account for 40% of global production, accounting for 40% of global production. Most exports are to China and Hong Kong.
There are 1,139 mink farms in Denmark, employing around 6,000 people. Breeders say scrapping will end the industry. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen visited a mink farm in northern Denmark on Thursday and said it was “emotional”. The operators “their lives were shattered in a very, very short time,” he said before wiping away his tears with his finger.
“When we get to the other side of this … I hope they and all the other mink breeders will remember that it wasn’t because of them and not because they were bad mink breeders,” Frederiksen said.
The coronavirus is constantly evolving while replicating, but to date, none of the mutations identified have altered the transferability or lethality of COVID-19.
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