Culling of Minks

After observing the mutated version of coronavirus in mink, the Denmark Government decided to cull the entire population of the animal.

Who are Minks?

Mink are semi-aquatic, carnivorous mammals with two extant species namely European mink and American mink. The American mink is larger and more adaptable. The fur of American minks is used in clothing and that is why it is highly-priced.

What is Mass Culling?

Mass culling is a process to kill animals or groups to prevent the group from becoming large. Mostly it is done due to some infectious disease in a group.

Key Points

  • Denmark is the largest producer of mink in the world, with over 17 million population spread across over 1000 farms.
  • It decided to cull the mink population of the country in early November due to the presence of a mutated version of the COVID-19 virus.
  • As of now, 10 million out of the total mink population in Denmark has been culled.
  • After mass culling, minks of Denmark were again seen in the news as the cadavers of the culled animals started re-emerging from the earth. Authorities said this might be due to the pressure from gases released by the decomposition.

Lithuanian Mink Coronavirus infected; government starts culling

Following the mass cull of Denmark, Lithuania also started culling dozens of mink, after they were infected by the coronavirus. The culling was done at a farm named “Jonava Farm” where 169 minks died suddenly and 22 were found to be infected with the virus. Lithuania has 86 mink farms that raise 1.6 million furred specimens.