Animals continue to pay for our mistakes: millions of potentially infected mink slaughtered
Updated: Jan 20
We caused COVID by exploiting animals, and now--because we have apparently learned nothing--the virus is mutating before we even have a vaccine.
Denmark, the world's largest producer of mink fur, is in the midst of killing 15 million mink. Over the past few months, COVID has been running rampant on global mink farms, mutating into a new strain that spreads not only from mink to mink, but from mink to human. (12 humans have been infected thus far.) This new strain has yet to achieve human-to-human transmission, but without intervention, it is very likely only a matter of time.
The Danish prime minister has wisely opted to close down all fur farms in the country. Though it is not technically a ban, explains Dr Joanna Swabe of Humane Society International/Europe:
...this move signals the end of suffering for millions of animals confined to small wire cages on Danish fur farms solely for the purposes of a trivial fur fashion that no one needs.
We can only hope that when the dust settles, an actual ban will be enacted...if, indeed, this doesn't bring a natural end to the industry, as Danish fur farmers predict. But in the meantime, 15 million individuals pay the price for our continued arrogance and greed.