The Irish government plans to slaughter farmed mink for fear they carry the coronavirus transmissible to humans.
Even though no positive cases of the coronavirus have been detected among farmed mink, Ireland will slaughter them. The government has expressed fears about the possibility of a human-transmissible mutation. According to the country’s health ministry, continued mink farming poses a continued risk of the emergence of additional variants of the virus. The department therefore recommends slaughtering them in order to reduce or eliminate the risk. In Denmark, the order was given to kill all these animals (nearly 17 million) following the discovery of a mutation in the new coronavirus transmissible to humans which, according to Copenhagen, could compromise the effectiveness of a future vaccine human.