After a controversial cull of all minks in Denmark due to a coronavirus variant, the world's former top exporter will once again allow mink farming, its agriculture ministry has announced. "The temporary ban on keeping minks expires at the end of the year," a ministry statement said, citing recommendations from health authorities.
Farmers will need to adhere to strict infection prevention measures and a control model, it added. Denmark decided to kill all of its some 15 million minks in November 2020 after studies suggested a variant found in some of the animals could jeopardise the effectiveness of future vaccines.
The measure was rushed through and the mutation found in minks was later deemed extinct. All breeding was subsequently banned in 2021 and 2022.