The Danish parliament agreed on Sunday to dig up about 4 million mink. The animals will be exhumed after six months, which was deemed long enough to ensure the bodies will be free of the virus and safe to handle. Once dug up, the mink will be incinerated as corporate waste.
The government is trying to tackle the problem that forced a Cabinet minister to resign, and ended Denmark’s reputation as a country that had fought off the pandemic more ably than most.
More than 15 million mink have been culled in Denmark, devastating its fur industry - the largest in the EU.
Some of the mink buried in mass graves in a military area in the west of the country have resurfaced because of the nitrogen and phosphorus gases produced by their decay.
The two burial sites are highly controversial, as one is near a bathing lake and the other not far from a source of drinking water. Residents have complained about the potential risk of contamination.
As we reported earlier, Denmark announced early last month that it would cull all of its mink after a mutated form of coronavirus was found on mink farms. There were concerns that the mutated variant could threaten the effectiveness of future vaccines.