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Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Denmark will cull its mink population of up to 17 million after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animals spread to humans, the prime minister said on Wednesday.

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Are the min corpses still viable for coats?

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-11-04 03:33 PM | Reply

Aren't viruses fun?

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2020-11-04 04:07 PM | Reply

happy. happy. joy. joy.

I don't know what is more sad - killing all the mink or that people still raise them for fur. I totally see why they are going to cull them though.

People aren't paying attention. CV-19 IS BAD NEWS on so many levels...

#3 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-04 06:26 PM | Reply

This mink virus is not the virus that causes covid-19, it's a new one.

#4 | Posted by qcp at 2020-11-04 06:49 PM | Reply

Oh so that's denmarks dirty financial secret.

Kinda like the swiss and nazi gold.

#5 | Posted by Tor at 2020-11-04 07:45 PM | Reply

Guessing here, but I bed the resource intensive tanning process to transform raw mink hide into cooked mink coats would kill the rona and anything else going on in these animals.

Horrible thought, but wonder if mink coats would be significantly cheaper in the near future.

#6 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-11-04 08:03 PM | Reply

Why does Denmark still have a mink industry?

#7 | Posted by chuffy at 2020-11-04 09:47 PM | Reply

Why does Denmark still have a mink industry?

#7 | POSTED BY CHUFFY

PETA only has clout in English speaking nations.

#8 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-11-04 10:46 PM | Reply

They never said it was Coronavirus C-19; could be any Coronavirus.

How does it spread to humans? www.youtube.com

#9 | Posted by Gr8Music at 2020-11-05 07:04 AM | Reply

Why does Denmark still have a mink industry?

#7 | POSTED BY CHUFFY AT 2020-11-04 09:47 PM | REPLY | FLAG:EYE ROLL

For the same reason that they have a meat/pork/fish/poultry industry... ever notice how cheap big overstuffed leather furniture is these days? Wear it milk it eat it sit on it live in it or feed it to our pets... cha-ching!!
At least it's not baby seals... am I right? Can I get a high five?
Synthetic furs are made via fracking or drilling fossil fuels.

P.S. No one said a liberal agenda offers easy solutions to life's problems.

#10 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-11-05 07:07 AM | Reply

PETA only has clout in English speaking nations.

#8 | POSTED BY GONOLES92 AT 2020-11-04 10:46 PM | FLAG:

Mink is sustainably farmed in the US. In the process they consume massive amounts of food waste humans put off, "damaged" eggs, expired cheeses, etc, in bulk from nearby manufacturers. Nothing from a mink gets wasted. It's in your pet foods, fertilizers, tires, cosmetics, etc.

#11 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2020-11-05 08:13 AM | Reply

Why does Denmark still have a mink industry?

#7 | POSTED BY CHUFFY

Mink coats/muffs/etc. are warm, stylish and people are wiling to spend exorbitant amounts of money for them.

#12 | Posted by qcp at 2020-11-05 08:35 AM | Reply

This mink virus is not the virus that causes covid-19, it's a new one.

#4 | Posted by qcp

Not correct. If you read the article the mink caught CV-19 from humans. It mutated while in the Mink and then transferred back to humans. CV-19 has been leaping to dogs and cats all along.

The head of the WHO's emergencies programme, Mike Ryan, called on Friday for full-scale scientific investigations of the complex issue of humans - outside China - infecting mink which in turn transmitted the virus back to humans.

#13 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-05 08:41 AM | Reply

"Denmark will cull its mink population of up to 17 million after a mutation of the coronavirus found in the animalsspread to humans , the prime minister said on Wednesday."

That's literally the first sentence. Coronaviruses are a type of virus, but a singular thing.

www.nfid.org

#14 | Posted by qcp at 2020-11-05 09:08 AM | Reply

'But' should be 'not.'

#15 | Posted by qcp at 2020-11-05 09:11 AM | Reply

www.bbc.com

Here's another example from the BBC

But cases are spreading fast in Denmark, and five cases of the new virus strain were found on mink farms. Twelve people had become infected, the authorities said.

#16 | Posted by qcp at 2020-11-05 09:22 AM | Reply

The language in all the stories I've read is terrible.

The concern about it's effects on antibody recognition and vaccine efficacy suggests it's COVID they're talking about.

But they never actually say it explicitly.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2020-11-05 10:06 AM | Reply

turning mink farms into vaccine farms?

like cowpox to smallpox?

#18 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2020-11-05 10:26 AM | Reply

Coronavirus: Denmark imposes lockdowns amid mink covid fears
www.bbc.com

...Danish authorities have said a lockdown will be introduced in some areas of the country over coronavirus mutation found in mink that can spread to humans.

Bars, restaurants, public transport and all public indoor sports will be closed in seven North Jutland municipalities.

The restrictions will come into effect from Friday and initially last until 3 December.

It comes soon after an announcement that Denmark would cull all its mink - as many as 17 million....

Coronavirus cases have been detected in other farmed mink in the Netherlands and Spain since the pandemic began in Europe.

But cases are spreading fast in Denmark - 207 mink farms in Jutland are affected - and at least five cases of the new virus strain were found. Authorities said 12 people had been infected with the new strain. ...


#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-11-05 03:09 PM | Reply

Coronavirus rips through Dutch mink farms, triggering culls to prevent human infections
www.sciencemag.org

...In a sad sideshow to the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities in the Netherlands began to gas tens of thousands of mink on 6 June, most of them pups born only weeks ago. SARS-CoV-2 has attacked farms that raise the animals for fur, and the Dutch government worries infected mink could become a viral reservoir that could cause new outbreaks in humans.

The mink outbreaks are "spillover" from the human pandemic"a zoonosis in reverse that has offered scientists in the Netherlands a unique chance to study how the virus jumps between species and burns through large animal populations.

But they're also a public health problem. Genetic and epidemiological sleuthing has shown that at least two farm workers have caught the virus from mink"the only patients anywhere known to have become infected by animals. SARS-CoV-2 can infect other animals, including cats, dogs, tigers, hamsters, ferrets, and macaques, but there are no known cases of transmission from these species back into the human population. (The virus originally spread to humans from an as-yet-unidentified animal species.)...

The Dutch outbreaks are giving scientists a chance to study how the virus adapts as it spreads through a large, dense population. In some other animal viruses, such conditions trigger an evolution toward a more virulent form, because the virus isn't penalized if it kills a host animal quickly as long as it can easily jump to the next one. (Avian influenza, for instance, usually spreads as a mild disease in wild birds but can become highly pathogenic when it lands in a poultry barn.) Although SARS-CoV-2 is undergoing plenty of mutations as it spreads through mink, its virulence shows no signs of increasing.

Even so, the Dutch outbreaks have alarmed people in North Brabant province, where mink farms are concentrated. The region's burgeoning goat industry caused the world's largest human epidemic of Q fever between 2007 and 2009. Anxious citizens feared a repeat with SARS-CoV-2 and mink. But Coxiella burnetii, the bacterium that causes Q fever, forms hardy spores that wafted out of barns and blew off fields fertilized with goat manure. SARS-CoV-2 is far more fragile; environmental sampling has not turned up any virus outside mink sheds, says veterinary epidemiologist Arjan Stegeman of Utrecht University, who leads the research on mink outbreaks. Whereas farm workers should wear protective equipment, the population at large is at very low risk, Stegeman says....



#20 | Posted by LampLighter at 2020-11-05 03:14 PM | Reply

#16 | Posted by qcp

Don't blame me for the poor use of "Coronavirus" by journalists - they are talking about CV-19. It is a mutation of CV-19. Why would they be worried about the effectiveness of a CV-19 vaccine if it wasn't CV-19?

The WHO quote I put up literally says they caught it from humans, it mutated while in the mink and then the humans caught it back. I am WELL aware Coronaviruses are wide in variety but the one going around humans at the moment is CV-19 and there are many mutations of it.

But Lamp's posts make it even more clear.

#21 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2020-11-05 06:11 PM | Reply

Damn

#22 | Posted by hamburglar at 2020-11-06 09:54 AM | Reply

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