Poland in favor of stopping mink farming in Europe
Poland has teamed up with other EU countries to push the European Commission to ban mink farming in Europe due to the Covid threat that animals pose to humans and wildlife, said the Ministry of Agriculture at PAP.
Mink have been slaughtered on farms in Poland and Denmark after the animals were infected with Covid, raising fears they could become breeding grounds for new mutations.
The ministry said that according to the latest reliable scientific information, mink pose a threat of “the uncontrolled spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and formation of dangerous mutations because they are considerably susceptible to infection with this virus.”
Poland and its allies also took into consideration the welfare and ethical considerations surrounding breeding animals primarily for the purpose of obtaining their fur when drafting a memorandum calling on the Commission to act.
The Agriculture Ministry said important data on the issue was presented at the last meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council on June 28 by the delegations of the Netherlands and Austria, who were supported by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Slovakia.