Denmark had millions of minks culled for fear of a mutated corona virus. Now the carcasses are threatening to contaminate the drinking water. The government is now considering digging up the carcasses again.
The Danish government is considering digging up the millions of culled minks for fear of putrefaction gases and contamination. The Danish Minister of Agriculture, Rasmus Prehn, spoke out in favor of this on TV2.
The government fears that the decomposition process of the animal carcasses could release large amounts of phosphorus and nitrogen in the soil and thus contaminate drinking water or bathing water.
The Minister noted that such an exhumation would require the approval of the Danish Environment Agency. However, the idea has already been debated in parliament, where it is supported by a majority. Together with the other parliamentary parties and the responsible authorities, they want to analyze whether it is the right approach to dig up the minks and then burn them.
Danger from mutated coronavirus
The Danish government ordered the culling of up to 17 million mink in the country at the beginning of November after a mutated and human-transmissible form of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus was discovered on some breeding farms in northern Jutland. Accordingly, there was a risk that the mutation could render future vaccinations ineffective. According to the latest figures, around ten million minks have already been killed and buried in Denmark.
A few days ago, the carcasses of the fur animals were driven to the surface due to putrefaction gases in a makeshift mass grave that was created on a military site.
Agriculture Minister had resigned
The mass slaughter of fur animals has led to a major debate in Denmark. In the course of this, the then Agriculture Minister Mogens Jensen resigned, as he had previously admitted that there was no legal basis for the culling of all mink in the country.