The State will Cull – Maria Martelli

The State will Cull – Maria Martelli

Denmark will cull its mink population of up to 17 million in an effort to minimise the risk of them re-transmitting a new version of coronavirus
to humans.


The nation’s Prime Minister said on Wednesday
that the mutated virus in
farmed minks
could have ‘devastating consequences worldwide’
and action was ‘necessary’.

The mutation has been found in t w e l v e people
in the northern part of the country.

‘We have a great responsibility towards
our own population,
but with the mutation that has now been found,
we have an even greater responsibility
for the rest of the world as well.’

Veterinary workers have begun
the gruesome business of gassing
and then burning


It is highly likely this scale of

will have been driven by person-to-person
rather than from direct mink-to-person.

Culling mink may not in itself

but it may.

It is a reasonable precaution, say scientists.
“The danger is that the mutated virus could.”

Of course, the mutated version may not

so it’s a theoretical risk.

Other scientists dismissed the dangers.


To cull:
to choose or gather the best
to take out (an animal, an inferior one) from a herd
to reduce the size of (a herd or flock) by killing a proportion of its members
to gather (flowers, fruit, etc)

Spain culled one hundred thousand mink in July
after cases were detected
and tens of thousands of the animals
were slaughtered in the Netherlands.
Unlike Europe, the U.S. has not culled
all the minks at farms
where animals have contracted the virus.

Warning: you may find a picture of dead mink disturbing

Most of the coronavirus cases were likely passed
from humans exposed to sickened

and their contacts in the community.

The virus strain circulating between
minks and humans
may have mutated
to compromise future vaccine effectiveness,
prompting the need to take immediate action.

This idea has not yet been peer-reviewed.


“We are always concerned
when a virus
has gone from humans to animals,
and back to humans.

Each time this happens,
it can change more.”

Danish mink
may be
allowed to restart in the future,
but no decisions have yet been made by
the mink


Farmed mink
do not exhibit a large
amount of genetic diversity,
which can favor the spread of the virus.

Farmed mink
are often housed
in relatively high densities,
which favors the spread of the virus.

Huge implications
for the fur industry.


“We are always concerned
when a virus
has gone from us
to them,
and back to us.

Each time
this happens
it can change

Fotografie copertă © Ildiko Kovacs


Echinox este revista de cultură a studenţilor din Universitatea „Babeş-Bolyai”. Apare din decembrie 1968.

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