Poland tests mink for COVID despite fur industry’s objections

File photo of a farmed mink. (Konstantin Sokolov/iStock/Getty Images)

Reuters – Poland has begun testing minks for the coronavirus despite objections by lobby groups and some farm owners, who fear they could lead to a nationwide cull.

Earlier this month three industry associations warned a decision to test minks could pave the way for Poland to follow Denmark’s move to cull its entire mink population after a mutated form of the virus was found.

“We are afraid that the Agriculture Ministry wants to follow the ‘Danish path,’” Daniel Chmielewski from the Polish Association of Fur Farmers said in an emailed statement.

The group’s representatives and some farm owners also signalled that they may refuse to allow the veterinary services to test their animals for the coronavirus, which spread among mink in Denmark and some of their keepers despite earlier culls.

“Each of the breeders can agree or not to the test and it is their right. There must be some protection because anyone from the outside can also infect the minks,” said Tadeusz Jakubowski from Polish Association of Fur Animals Breeders and Producers.

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