Experts reacted cautiously to news of an mass cull of mink in Denmark after reports that a mutation of the SARS-CoV2 coronavirus found in the animals had spread to people.
As Vet Record went to press, eminent virologists said it was too early to judge the implications of the apparent new strain.
As of this week, Danish vets were understood to be involved in partial culls of the 17 million-strong captive mink population on fur farms in Denmark. However, the plans have run into political difficulties, with the centre-left minority government in Copenhagen unable to pass legislation enabling the cull because a centre-right contingent in the country’s parliament would not vote in favour. The impasse led to conflicting reports about the progress of the cull, and at the time of going to press it was unclear whether it will be able to be carried out to completion.