December 10 – The Danish government ordered the killing of about 17 million mink nationwide in November due to the discovery of the spread of the novel coronavirus among farmed mink.
However, the handling of mink bodies has encountered various difficulties, and the government reports that the groundwater on the ground may be contaminated.
On the 10th, Reuters quoted Danish local media as saying that a report released by Danish government agencies showed that the buried mink bodies may have polluted groundwater after decay, and asked the relevant departments to take immediate action.
It is understood that the report is authorized by the Danish Environmental Protection Agency and completed by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Danish Technical University.
At present, the environmental protection department is also investigating the environmental impact of mink corpses, and the results may be available early next year. However, before burying mink, officials said that there would be no risks to drinking water and areas.
Mink-burried sites are patrolled 24 hours a day to prevent people or animals from approaching, but the surrounding residents have raised concerns about health problems and have complained about it many times.
In addition, at the end of November, many mink bodies were squeezed out of the ground because of rot and gas, and the Danish government had to dig them out and burn them.