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Danish Breeders to Import Icelandic Mink

Two thousand Icelandic minks are set to be exported to Denmark to help reconstitute their breeding population.

Mink breeding will become legal again in 2023, and Icelandic mink are set to play a key role for Danish mink farmers.

See also: Icelandic Minks Tested for Coronavirus

The entire Danish mink population of some 13.5 million animals was controversially culled in 2020 over fears of human-animal transmission of the COVID-19 virus.

The cull was carried out without the proper legal authority and caused billions of Euros in damages to the industry. The incident has been the cause of ongoing political controversy in Denmark.

In addition to Icelandic mink, Norwegian, Finnish, Polish, and Spanish mink will also be imported. Icelandic mink are said to be especially important in the renewal of Danish mink farming for their genetic similarity to the now-culled Danish stock.

The political fallout of the 2020 mink cull still continues in Denmark with regard to disputes over the cost of import and tests for the new animals. Representatives of the mink farming industry claim that the state should bear responsibility for the costs, after the illegal cull.


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