Netherlands: 10,000 animals executed for fear of transmitting coronavirus to humans

Netherlands: 10,000 animals executed for fear of transmitting coronavirus to humans
Photograph: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

Animal husbandry farms in the Netherlands have begun implementing a government order to execute animals, following fears that a number of them – infected with the new coronavirus – may have transmitted the disease to humans.
The Dutch Food and Commodities Authority said that the discovery of cases of mink cases of MERS-CoV had necessitated precautionary measures, following the monitoring of coronary virus infections in 10 minke farms for their escape.

“We will evacuate and clean up all mink farms, which have injuries, and this will not happen on injury-free farms,” said Frédéric Hermi.

Last Wednesday, the Dutch government ordered the disposal of 10,000 minks after ensuring that infected farms could become a reservoir of disease in the long term.

A number of mink stooques were initially infected with the new coronavirus, after the disease was transmitted to it by farm workers last April.

In May, the government revealed two human infections originating from sick animals, the only two known cases of animal-to-human transmission of the virus since the outbreak began in China.

Animals are disposed of through the use of gas against mink mothers and young people by some farm workers wearing protective clothing.

Groups opposed to the fur trade say the epidemic is another reason to close all farms.

According to the Dutch Fur Producers’ Federation, 140 mink farms are spread across the country, exporting 90 million euros ($101.5 million) worth of fur annually.

In the context, the new coronavirus infections are approaching the threshold of 7 million infections, with the coronavirus infected 6 million, 920,000, and 436 people, of whom 400,130 have died, while 3,388,286 cases have recovered so far. Reuters