Wiping tears, Prime Minister of Denmark, Mette Frederiksen, personally apologized on Thursday (26) for allowing the death of millions of mink kept in breeding sites to prevent the spread of a mutation of the new coronavirus. See the VIDEO below.
Prime Minister regrets mink slaughter in Denmark due to new coronavirus
The head of the government visited a mink farm in the municipality of Kolding. It was there where all the mammals of that species were slaughtered despite being healthy – something that the Executive had no legal right to do, as demonstrated later (read more at the end of the story).
“I have no problem apologizing for the course of events, as mistakes have been made,” Frederiksen told TV2.
With a protective apparatus, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (right) visits the mink farm in Kolding on Thursday (26) – Photo: Mads Nissen / Ritzau Scanpix / via Reuters
Visibly moved, the prime minister stopped several times to wipe away tears, stressing that it is important to remember that the fault is not the creators.
“It is because of the coronavirus, and I hope that there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for Danish mink breeders at this time,” he added.
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Minks are seen in cages on a farm in Næstved, in central west Denmark, this Friday (6). – Photo: Mads Claus Rasmussen / Ritzau Scanpix / AFP
In early November, Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of fur from these mammals, announced that more than 15 million minks in the country would be euthanized after it was discovered that a coronavirus mutation in them could impair the effectiveness of future vaccines.
However, days later, the government had to recognize that it did not have a sufficient legal basis to order this measure.
Even so, according to the latest balance sheet, more than two-thirds of the 15 to 17 million mink that is estimated to have in the country, have already been sacrificed.
The then Minister of Agriculture, Mogens Jensen, apologized and resigned last week. After the resignation, the Ministry of Health concluded that the potential threat to human vaccines was “most likely extinct” as there were no more cases of animals or humans infected with this version of the virus.
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