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MASS EXTERMINATION: Dutch farms ordered by government to kill 10,000 minks over coronavirus risk

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The mass killing involves farm workers in protective clothing using gas on mink mothers and pups. The dead bodies will later be sent to a disposal plant.

TOBY STERLING: Dutch mink farms have begun a government-ordered cull amid concern that animals infected with coronavirus could transmit the illness to humans… Infected mink have been found on 10 Dutch farms where the ferret-like animals are bred for their fur, according to the country’s Food & Wares Authority.

“All mink breeding farms where there is an infection will be cleared, and farms where there are no infections won’t be,” said spokeswoman Frederique Hermie. The government ordered the KILLING of 10,000 mink on Wednesday after determining that affected farms could act as a long-term reservoir of disease.

Dutch mink were first infected with coronavirus by their handlers in April. In May, the government identified two cases in which humans had been infected by sick animals — the only animal-to-human transmissions known since the global outbreak began in China.

The killing involves farm workers in protective clothing using gas on mink mothers and pups. The bodies will be sent to a disposal plant and the farms will be disinfected. Groups opposed to the fur trade say the outbreak is another reason to close all farms.  SOURCE…

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