Denmark digs up millions of mink killed by coronavirus

Denmark digs up millions of mink killed by coronavirus

More than 15 million mink have been killed in Denmark, causing serious damage to its fur industry, the largest in the EU.

The Danish government has said that about 4 million mink killed due to a mutated form of the coronavirus will be exhumed and burned to prevent contamination. This was reported by the BBC.

The work is scheduled for May, the coronavirus risk from the dead animals will be bypassed, officials say.

Two burial sites are highly controversial because one is near a bathing lake and the other is near a drinking water source. Residents have complained about the potential risk of infection.

The Ministry of Food and Agriculture said Sunday that the government has secured parliamentary support to dig up the minks next year.

“Once the mink are no longer infected with Covid-19, they will be sent to an incinerator where they will be burned as commercial waste,” the ministry said.

Some mink buried in graves at the landfill in the west have begun to surface because of nitrogen and phosphorus gases produced when they decompose.

More than 15 million mink have been killed in Denmark, causing serious damage to its fur industry, the largest in the EU.