Selin ATAY-TDO- The Danish government has approved the removal of millions of mink culled from mass graves due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Millions of minks were culled and buried in mass graves after the mutated type of coronavirus was discovered in mink farms. When the bodies of animals, swollen by the gases generated during the decay, came to the surface, it was suggested that the graves be dug deeper and that some of the bodies be cremated.
The minority government of the Social Democratic Party won parliamentary approval for the cremation of animal corpses. Due to the risk of spreading the virus, cremation is expected to be in May at the earliest, and about 4 million Mink bodies will be cremated. The Assembly also adopted a regulation that placed subsequent culling decisions on legal grounds. With this arrangement, the law was also passed, which included compensation to farmers and the suspension of the entry of minks into the country.
In Denmark, the world's largest producer of mink fur, the government had decided to cull all minks in the country in November after it was revealed that the mutated coronavirus was transmitted from minks to humans. About 15.4 million animals have been killed by the virus since November 4. The fact that some of the minks were buried too close to the lake and drinking water facility, where people could swim, caused widespread concern. These concerns were exacerbated by the fact that animal corpses had surfaced.
The controversial decision, which dealt a heavy blow to the sector, whose annual export value exceeds half a billion euros, also caused a political crisis. When it was determined that the cull decision had no legal basis, the government accepted that it was unconstitutional, and Food and Agriculture Minister Mogens Jensen was forced to resign. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, who was criticized by mink producers and the opposition, apologized publicly, but stated that the cull decision was the only solution.