The government in Denmark has made a decision they did not want to, but public safety must come first. Now the Danish authorities must release their research for scrutiny amongst international scientists.
The Danish mink production is allowed to continue in the future, but no decisions have yet been made by the mink farmers, who are still in shock over seeing their livelihood being taken away from them.
The culling decisions in Denmark and the Netherlands rest on many farms being located close together, and we do not have this situation in other countries. Thus, we do not expect similar measures elsewhere.
Mink farmers across Europe have had increased biosecurity since the spring, and experts and public authorities agree that mink farming plays no significant role in the spreading of Covid-19. The current health crisis is sustained by human- to-human transmission.
The fundamental demand for natural fur is strong, and the market has reacted to next year’s reduced supply with higher pelt prices. The future is about circular economy, and long-lasting, renewable products like natural fur are important alternatives to today’s ‘buy and throw away’ culture.
IFF CEO, Mark Oaten comments on the culling of mink in Denmark farms
“It is clear that the events in Denmark have moved fast and everything must be done to preserve public health first. Even though the full science is not clear on the potential new virus in the mink and its link to humans, the danish government have acted on the side of caution.
The temporary measure to cull the mink is not a anti-fur position. The danish government supports fur farming and will be compensating the farmers.
It is hoped that the detailed science will become clear.
In the meantime, the WHO have stated they are gathering more details and opinions before making any statements.
Mink Farming continues in other countries around the world but the farming community is of course taking all necessary safety measures
Other fur types such as Fox and wild fur remain un-impacted by the virus.”