Day: June 14, 2022

Denmark: Great – Danish Mink Breeders Turn Their Backs En Masse.

No, we have still never had a response from the Danish Embassy, London, After our letter. It takes up to 40 dumb animals to make a fur coat – but only one even dumber one to wear it.

Danish mink breeders have turned their backs on the industry en masse after being forced to cull their animals over fears a Covid-19 mutation could pose a risk to humans. In November 2020, Denmark announced it would cull approximately 15 million animals, with the government temporarily banning mink farming and breeding for fur until 2023.

Danish mink breeders have turned their backs on the industry en masse after being forced to cull their animals over fears a Covid-19 mutation could pose a risk to human health.

In November 2020, Denmark, at that point the world’s largest mink producer, controversially announced it would cull approximately 15 million animals due to fears a Covid-19 mutation moving from mink to humans could jeopardise future vaccines.

The Danish government temporarily banned mink farming and the breeding of the animals for their fur, later extending the ban until 2023.

Officials have now said just a handful of producers in the country have chosen to resume business if the ban lifts in 2023. Greece, Poland and North America are now expected to increase production to make up the shortfall.

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (FVST) told the Guardian only 13 breeders had applied for the compensation that would allow them to potentially continue breeding mink in 2023. Another 1,246 breeders applied for the compensation to end their mink farming.

The FVST said, since the cull, it had found three cases of illegally farmed mink, two in December 2021 and one in February 2022. It added that £2.1bn had been paid out in compensation to the industry after the ban.

Denmark’s State Serum Institute (SSI) confirmed that the mutated virus that sparked the cull, known as Cluster 5, is now considered extinct. It has not been detected since September 2020.

The Danish government is expected to issue a decision later this month on whether mink breeding can safely restart next year. It remains possible that limited breeding may be allowed.

International Fur Federation CEO, Mark Oaten, was upbeat about global mink farming, pointing out that all North American mink have now received Covid-19 vaccinations, and that a European vaccination programme is under way. He was pessimistic, however, about Denmark. Even if breeding is allowed to continue next year, Oaten sees three barriers to its resumption.

“The first problem is that the infrastructure has disappeared in Denmark, so it’s very hard to get hold of the feed,” he said. The second difficulty is that the government’s decision on a restart is being made only after the compensation deadline, making any restarts “a huge gamble”. A third factor, he said, is a generational issue, with many farmers reaching retirement age.

More broadly, Oaten said it was a “hugely complex time” for the fur sector, with sanctions and lockdowns in two of its biggest markets, Russia and China, coming on top of the Danish mink shortfall of about 10 million pelts.

In the longer term, Oaten said: “We are expecting countries like Greece and Poland and North America to help fill that shortfall [of pelts] but that will take a few years.” Nor does Oaten fear further bans in Europe, partly, he said, because of the negative fallout the Danish government faced for its mink cull.

Animal welfare campaigners said legislative proposals to ban fur farming are now under consideration across Europe, including in Latvia, Lithuania and Bulgaria, with compensation being a key issue.

Danish farmers turn their backs on mink after Covid mutation cull | Environment | The Guardian

Check out our many Danish Mink posts here:

Search Results for “denmark mink” – World Animals Voice

Regards Mark

USA: 3,000 Cows Culled In New Mexico After Water Contamination From Nearby US Military Base – But They Fail To Take Responsibility !

More than 3,000 cows in New Mexico have been culled after toxic pollution from a nearby US military base was found to have contaminated their water source. The New Mexico Environment Department said it was helping clean up the waste and criticised the Department of Defense   https://www.env.nm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2022-05-19-COMMS-New-Mexico-assists-Clovis-family-dairy-farm-with-PFAS-contamination-Final.pdf?utm_term=62a70e2fdfd35b0c839354a5a495d962&utm_campaign=AnimalsFarmed&utm_source=esp&utm_medium=Email&CMP=animalsfarmed_email  for poisoning the local farm’s cows, but failing to take responsibility for the pollution.

2022-05-19-COMMS-New-Mexico-assists-Clovis-family-dairy-farm-with-PFAS-contamination-Final.pdf (nm.gov)

Regards Mark

EU: Ministers Pushing for Avian Influenza Vaccination.

European agriculture ministers are pushing for acceptance of a vaccination against highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in poultry. The disease, also known as bird flu, has spread widely across the continent during the past two years, with the EU set to explore the potential of using vaccines to prevent the spread, rather than culling.

Further reading:

Europe pushes for acceptance of HPAI vaccination | WATTPoultry (wattagnet.com)

Regards Mark

Sudan: 2 Days Prior To ‘Live Export International Awareness Day’ (Today); Livestock Vessel Sinks in Sudanese Port. Over 15,000 Sheep Drown. Links Given.

Added 1650GMT – https://splash247.com/15000-sheep-perish-as-overloaded-sudanese-livestock-carrier-capsizes/

The loss of the Al Badri 1 may affect the port’s operations, as well as the environment, given the potential for a fuel oil spill and the effluent from the decay of thousands of sheep. The vessel is now submerged next to its berth, interfering with the pier’s use until the wreck is cleared’. 

‘Originally built in 1973 and converted into a livestock carrier later in her lifespan. She had a history of port state control deficiencies in recent years, as well as a 10-year gap from 2008-18 in which she had no PSC inspections. 

Images from before and after the Al Badri 1’s conversion suggest that four extra decks were welded on above the ship’s main deck level to add more space for livestock. 

Worldwide, livestock carriers are generally older than the average merchant ship, and the average fleet age for the class exceeds 40 years’

Maritime Executive

https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/photos-livestock-carrier-capsizes-and-sinks-killing-15-000-sheep

A similar incident occurred aboard the livestock carrier Queen Hind in November 2019. The vessel capsized off the coast of Romania under unusual circumstances, drowning almost all of the 15,000 sheep on board. 

Is that always the first thing you hear ? – the monetary value that has been lost due to the incident; never mind the thousands of sentient beings who have died in the worst way for the want of humans wanting a few pennies more.

We also understand that the vessel was officially only allowed to carry 9,000 animals; yet 15,800+ drowned. Thus it would appear as we always suspect with these cheap rate bathtubs which are used in this business, the vessel was carrying twice as many animals as it should have been; which we expect (are very certain of) being the cause of the incident in the first place.

Due to the number of animal deaths, it appears that the port will now suffer a major environmental impact. Great, lets hope it is a very major environmental impact.

14/6/22 – Today, Tuesday, is Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day,

Today is the day.

On Sunday (12/6/22) we all had the disgusting news that more than 15,000 sheep had drowned in the Sudanese port of Suakin when a livestock carrying vessel – the Badr 1, sank in the Red Sea port.  We understand that the sheep were being exported to Saudi Arabia. This incident has prompted main environmental concerns for the port area.

Here I am giving several links from around the world relating to this incident.

And this, just 2 days before the ban live exports international awareness day – yet another nail in the coffin for the live trade; we only hope that the port suffers a massive loss of business due to this and its involvement with a disgusting business. 

Regards Mark

More than 15,000 sheep drown after live export ship sinks in Sudan | Sudan | The Guardian

15,000 sheep drown in freak accident as live export ship sinks in Sudan | news.com.au — Australia’s leading news site

15,000 sheep drown in the Red Sea after ship crammed with livestock sinks in Sudan port  | Daily Mail Online

Red Sea port of Suakin: Sudan Ship With Thousands Of Sheep Sinks (ndtv.com)

badr 1 sank in red sea port of suakin – Bing images

Livestock Vessel Sinks in Red Sea, Drowning More Than 15,000 Sheep – EcoWatch

Sudan: Over 15,000 sheep drown in Suakin port | Middle East Eye

Thousands of sheep drown as Sudan ship sinks (gulf-times.com)