– We know that there is widespread infection between mink and humans, and that new variants may arise, which may even have a reduced effect on the vaccines if we see continued spread among mink.
The Unity List, together with the rest of the government’s support parties – the Radicals and the Socialist People’s Party – have agreed to extend the ban.
Unlike the blue bloc, the parties trust that SSI’s risk assessment rests on a heavy enough basis.
– With the experience we have from 2020 and with the knowledge we have today, we know that it is not possible to handle coronavirus on mink farms, says Peder Hvelplund.
– And now we have a delta variant, which is significantly more contagious, where the risk of new mutations that have reduced sensitivity to the vaccines is even greater.
The Radicals have not decided whether they also see a future ban on mink.
This is something the party will discuss in the parliamentary group, the party’s agricultural spokesperson Zenia Stampe informs.
However, she is pleased that a majority is following SSI’s recommendations to extend the ban on keeping mink.
– It really makes sense, and we are part of that majority. We think it would be completely unjustifiable to resume production of mink in Denmark.
– We know that there is a health risk, as there was a year ago, and therefore the question is: will one run that health risk? And we do not want that.
Source: The Nordic Page