Pfizer and BioNTech’s potentially game-changing COVID-19 vaccine has encouraged people around the world to be encouraged by the results of the late-stage trial, but there has been a worrying development in the pandemic-one was found on the mink farm in Denmark Variant strain of coronavirus.
Minks have been killed for their fur on a global scale, including the United States, Denmark, Argentina, China, Spain and Poland.
Due to fear of a new COVID-19 outbreak, Denmark has slaughtered 10 million minks. The British Minister of Health urged countries to reconsider mink farming in the face of threats (the UK has banned this practice).
Now, the call for the removal of healthy mink has aroused criticism from farmers-and has updated the animal rights organization̵
This is what you need to know.
Pause for one second. Can animals get COVID-19?
Yes. So far, COVID-19, a disease related to the coronavirus, has been found among a few household pets at the Bronx Zoo in New York City, such as cats and dogs, as well as lions and tigers. The virus has also been found in mink skins, which seem to be particularly vulnerable to the virus.
Mink is super cute, but what is it?
The mink is a lonely mammal the size of a domestic cat. If you want to get super science-they are carnivorous mustard-are the carnivorous members of the weasel family, which also include ferrets, skunks, otters, fishermen, minks and wolves.
Where are they found in the wild?
Mink lives in North America and Europe. In the “Red List of Endangered Species” maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, European wild mink is considered critically endangered.
In the wild, minks can swim and can travel long distances, and male minks can open up territory on thousands of acres of wetlands. The female mink will give birth to 1 to 8 infants, called a kit.
How do they live on the farm?
When cultivating mink, they are kept in a narrow place and are prone to infection.
“The COVID-19 first infects humans through close contact with captive animals in live animal markets. This is similar to the unsanitary conditions of aquatic animals in fur farms, because mink skins are kept in iron cages and are often stacked on top of each other. This makes it easy for the disease to pass through the campaign leader of the animal rights organization PETA, Emily Raap, told Al Jazeera.
Is there no “free range” mink?
According to PETA, minks are lonely territorial animals. If they are confined in a closed space and then allowed to “free range”, they will become aggressive.
So, how long will the farmed mink survive?
Some female minks are kept as breeding animals for many years, but most minks are killed when they are six to eight months old.
How were they killed?
You may find the answer disturbing, but since you asked…
PETA’s investigation found that poisoning, electrocution, hitting with short sticks, and breaking the neck are all ways that fur farmers can kill mink without harming the skin.
Sorry, I asked. How big is this industry?
The global production of mink skins is approximately 45 million skins per year. The United States produced 2.7 million furs in 2019, valued at 59.2 million U.S. dollars, a 30% decrease from the previous year’s 84.3 million U.S. dollars.
Mink fur is used in clothing, accessories and some false eyelashes, and mink oil is used in the treatment of cosmetics and medical products and leather products.
How did mink develop COVID-19?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture believes that the mink on farms in Utah and Wisconsin was a coronavirus caught from exposed human farm workers. In Michigan, it is still unknown how the mink got sick.
Once infected, the mink’s respiratory and gastrointestinal tract will have symptoms similar to those of humans. In mink, the coronavirus is also contagious. In Denmark, there were only three infected mink farms in June. By November, the virus had spread to more than 200, prompting calls for the killing of all farmed mink.
So far, approximately 15,000 mink in the United States have died of COVID-19.
Can mink transmit coronavirus to humans?
This is what the researchers are trying to find. Denmark reported 214 mink-related COVID-19 cases earlier this month, including 12 people on five mink farms who were infected with a mutant strain of the virus.
But on nine mink-infected farms in Utah, “everything still shows that people and mink are traveling one way,” Dean Taylor, a Utah veterinarian, told Reuters.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said: “At present, there is no evidence that animals play an important role in the spread of SARS-CoV-2. [the coronavirus] A report from a Dutch mink farm indicated that “it is possible to spread SARS-CoV-2 from mink to humans.”
So what will happen to mink?
So far, the United States is quarantining infected animals on farms, while other countries/regions require minks to be culled.
What about the mink industry?
In some countries, the COVID-19 crisis may accelerate the end of mink farming.
In Denmark, farmers say that elimination is the end of the mink industry.
In the Netherlands, the industry was originally scheduled to be phased out in 2024, but the timetable for some producers has been accelerated this year because the company ordered the closure of more than 100 mink farms before March 2021.
France has banned mink farming from 2025. In the United States, California has banned the sale of fur from 2023.
Is fur out of fashion anyway?
Yes. Major fashion brands including Prada, Coach, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein and Macy’s have pledged not to use fur in their products.
Will COVID make fur more obsolete?
Animal rights activists like Raap hope that COVID-19 concerns will help speed the end of fur farming.
Raap said: “PETA will always push everyone until fur is banned.” “The goal is always that we don’t need to raise and kill animals. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Similarly, today, everyone can pass the use of animals without supporting these Cruel industry comes into play.”
Good article, but I think it is mink, not mink.
According to the Collins dictionary, the plural can be mink Either Mink, wise man.