Danish authorities said Monday that veterinarians and farmers in northern Denmark have begun killing at least 2.5 million minks after 63 farms reported coronavirus outbreaks, the Associated Press reported.
Flemming Kure Marker of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said the agency is culling the infected minks while breeders within 5 miles of farms with outbreaks are responsible for killing their non-infected animals, the Associated Press reported. The culling began Oct. 8 and could last months.
A farmer refused to let authorities into his farm a day after the culling began and they had to cut a padlock, police spokesman Henrik Skals told the AP. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said farmers forced to put down non-infected animals will get 100% compensation, but breeders who have infected minks in their herds will be given less.
Veterinarians and farmers have begun culling at least 2.5 million minks in northern Denmark, after coronavirus has been reported in at least 63 farms. https://t.co/MhoGcKk5Vq
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Denmark produces roughly 17 million furs per year, making it one of the largest exporters in the world, AP reported. A majority of the furs go to China