Denmark incinerates 4 million mink, culled to curb Covid-19 mutations

Denmark incinerates 4 million mink, culled to curb Covid-19 mutations

A sign prohibiting entry hangs by burial pits that contain culled mink in Karup, Denmark, in December 2020.
A sign prohibiting entry hangs by burial pits that contain culled mink in Karup, Denmark, in December 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS
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COPENHAGEN (REUTERS) – Denmark this week began incinerating four million mink that had been culled to curb Covid-19 mutations, but which began to resurface from mass burial sites, prompting renewed health concerns.

The Danish government last year decided to cull all of the country’s 17 million mink to curb a Covid-19 mutation and because the mammal was considered likely to host future mutations.

Some were buried in pits in a military area in western Denmark under 2m of soil, only for some to resurface in less than a month.

Contaminants were later found under the graves in an examination carried out on behalf of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, prompting the government to order the incineration of the the animals.

“There’s not supposed to be any virus left, but we burn it at more than 1,000 deg C, so if there were any virus left it would definitely disappear,” said Jacob Hartvig Simonsen, the chief executive officer of the ARC waste-management plant.

The contaminants were not coronavirus-related but were a result of the decomposition process.

Mink easily become infected by Covid-19 and infection is exacerbated because they are bred in large numbers and kept in cramped living conditions, the World Health Organisation has said.

All of the four million mink are expected to be incinerated by mid-July.

A sign prohibiting entry hangs by burial pits that contain culled mink in Karup, Denmark, in December 2020.
A sign prohibiting entry hangs by burial pits that contain culled mink in Karup, Denmark, in December 2020.PHOTO: REUTERS
  • UPDATEDMAY 29, 2021, 4:23 AM

FACEBOOKTWITTER

COPENHAGEN (REUTERS) – Denmark this week began incinerating four million mink that had been culled to curb Covid-19 mutations, but which began to resurface from mass burial sites, prompting renewed health concerns.

The Danish government last year decided to cull all of the country’s 17 million mink to curb a Covid-19 mutation and because the mammal was considered likely to host future mutations.

Some were buried in pits in a military area in western Denmark under 2m of soil, only for some to resurface in less than a month.

Contaminants were later found under the graves in an examination carried out on behalf of the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, prompting the government to order the incineration of the the animals.

“There’s not supposed to be any virus left, but we burn it at more than 1,000 deg C, so if there were any virus left it would definitely disappear,” said Jacob Hartvig Simonsen, the chief executive officer of the ARC waste-management plant.

The contaminants were not coronavirus-related but were a result of the decomposition process.

Mink easily become infected by Covid-19 and infection is exacerbated because they are bred in large numbers and kept in cramped living conditions, the World Health Organisation has said.

All of the four million mink are expected to be incinerated by mid-July.

Mass Bird Flu Outbreak in Iran Causes Culling of 1.4 Million Hens

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Iranian officials ordered the killing of 1.4 million birds last month after a widespread outbreak of H5N8 bird flu was found on over fifty farms across the country. The virus allegedly spread rapidly around the region after an egg farm failed to report a positive case for nearly three weeks, fearing serious fines. A total of 75 million egg-laying hens currently reside on farms in Iran.

“Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in the European Union, Kazakhstan, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Russia. Now all countries on the path of free-flying birds are affected by the wave of the disease,” said  Ali Safar Maknali, head of the Iran Veterinary Organization.Advertisement

This news comes shortly after the first cases of human-transmittable bird flu were detected in several farmworkers in Russia in February, raising alarm to the World Health Organization. Anna Popova, head of Russia’s Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing, had said that the early warning “gives us all, the entire world, time to prepare for possible mutations and react in an adequate and timely fashion.”

The past year has served as a rattling wake-up call around pandemics and disease spread; public health experts now know that the risk of another global outbreak is not a matter of “if”, but rather of “when”. The CDC states that approximately 75% of all infectious diseases from humans come from animals, and unsanitary, crowded conditions on industrialized farms only magnify the potential for disaster. 

Animals kept on industrialized farms tend to be incredibly similar genetically, and poor living conditions lead to compromised immune systems. Because of this, a disease outbreak can spread through a herd or flock extremely fast, and mutations spreading to humans are only a matter of time.

“When we overcrowd animals by the thousands, in cramped football-field-size sheds, to lie beak to beak or snout to snout, and there’s stress crippling their immune systems, and there’s ammonia from the decomposing waste burning their lungs, and there’s a lack of fresh air and sunlight — put all these factors together and you have a perfect-storm environment for the emergence and spread of disease,“ said Michael Greger, the author of Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching, in a 2020 interview with Vox. Advertisementhttps://www.youtube.com/embed/6bv_LHc8Ujk?version=3&rel=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&fs=1&hl=en-US&autohide=2&start=189&wmode=transparent

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Let these birds live. Stop Ontario’s war on Double-crested Cormorants

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Ontario introduces an open season cull on nesting birds.

Urgent – We need MASSIVE opposition. Ontario’s Conservative Premier, Doug
Ford is using Trumpian tactics, has put this in with several other
outrageous new laws so as to overwhelm the electorate and has quietly
introduced this proposal just before the holidays to avoid scrutiny.

Don’t let this happen! Complain about this loud and long and often, PLEASE.
It is a major disaster.

Please sign our petition.

And please continue reading.

Nowhere in North America are sport hunters permitted to shoot at close range
nesting migratory birds and their chicks while still in the nest, but that
is exactly what Ontario’s Conservative Premier Doug Ford is proposing for
Double-crested Cormorants and it needs to be stopped now.

Premier Doug Ford intends to change the law in Ontario, to allow sport
hunters to ‘spoil’ the birds after being shot. Meaning both parents and
chicks can be blasted out of their nest and left to rot. Currently it is
illegal to ‘spoil’ game species. Technically, the hunting of wildlife isn’t
supposed to be for the sheer thrill of killing. Carcasses, in theory, are to
be used.

Doug Ford is waiving this provision and will allow hunters to shoot up
colonies at their pleasure in an open season that will run from March 15 to
December 31, every year. Hunters can kill off an entire colony and their
chicks in a matter of minutes. A government cull of nesting cormorants in
2003 at Presqu’ile Provincial Park saw two government sharp shooters kill
over a thousand birds in one day.

So let’s not kid ourselves – Doug Ford wants to kill off these birds in
Ontario and it can be done quickly.

This proposal was written almost verbatim by the Ontario Federation of
Anglers and Hunters and is part of their PRIORITIES FOR THE NEW GOVERNMENT
agenda.

There are no restrictions.

There are no restrictions on the number of hunters that can attack a colony
anywhere, anytime including one of the largest colonies on the Great Lakes
located in Toronto at Tommy Thompson Park. As long as sport hunters remain
in their boats, and do not step onto the shore, there is nothing restricting
them from coming close enough to shoot nests from below, killing adults
peacefully tending their young and the chicks.

The enjoyment of Toronto Harbour will be reduced by the presence of gunshots
and flying bullets and dead birds floating to shore.

This is no joke!

This proposal is deceitful.

Landowners have always had the unrestricted ability to kill cormorants if
they were perceived as ‘nuisance’ on their private property and science from
across numerous jurisdictions including Ontario’s Ministry of Natural
Resources and Forestry concluded that the presence of cormorants indicates
an abundance of fish. The problem is that sport and commercial fishers are
too greedy to share the resources with any species seen as a direct
competitor.

Almost all Double-crested Cormorant colonies contain several other colonial
waterbird species such as Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern,
Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets,
White Pelicans, who will also be disturbed during their breeding season by
this hunting activity. When Ontario Parks began culling cormorants at
Presqu’ile Provincial Park, they lost the ONLY Great Blue Heron breeding
colony on Lake Ontario which was embedded among the cormorants for
protection against predators.

Doug Ford is a ‘text book’ psychopathic bully that has shown little empathy
for the most vulnerable in our society both people and wildlife. Let’s stop
this him NOW before he decimates waterbird colonies across Ontario.

The policy to kill cormorants during their nesting season can be found here:
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Please note: It is impossible to monitor this hunting activity as proposed.
The same promise to monitor the Spring Bear Hunt never materialized and
young cubs are dying at the hands of sport hunters as the mother bears are
killed in the spring hunt. The Ontario govt. has NEVER produced a report to
date. They can’t and they won’t. They want them dead in the water –
literally.

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This a cruel and horrible idea. You may hit a cormorant and it doesn
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away. What about the other birds nesting with cormorants . Black crowned
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I am so tired of you killing everything in nature.

Australia relaxes rules on shooting kangaroos during historic drought

Crippling drought hammers Australian farmers
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CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most populous state was declared entirely in drought on Wednesday and struggling farmers were given new authority to shoot kangaroos that compete with livestock for sparse pasture during the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years.

Much of Australia’s southeast is struggling with drought. But the drought conditions in New South Wales state this year have been the driest and most widespread since 1965.

The state government said Wednesday that 100 percent of New South Wales’ land area of more than 800,000 square kilometers (309,000 square miles) was now in drought.

Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said farmers were enduring one of the driest Southern Hemisphere winters on record.

“This is tough. There isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities,” Blair said in a statement.

Farm reservoirs have dried up and crops are failing.

State and federal governments are providing financial help, but not enough for many farmers.

With dry conditions forecast to continue for the next three months, farmers had to decide whether to continue the expensive and laborious task of hand-feeding cattle and sheep or sell their livestock.

The state government on Wednesday also lifted the number of kangaroos that farmers are allowed to shoot and reduced bureaucratic red tape facing land holders applying for permission to shoot.

The requirement to tag dead kangaroos to keep a tally of the number shot across the state had been dispensed with.

“Many farmers are taking livestock off their paddocks, only to then see kangaroos move in and take whatever is left,” Blair said.

“If we don’t manage this situation, we will start to see tens of thousands of kangaroos starving and suffering, ultimately leading to a major animal welfare crisis,” he added.

But Ray Borda, president of the Kangaroo Industries Association of Australia, which represents commercial shooters who hunt kangaroos for meat and leather, raised animal welfare concerns about the regulation changes.

“Anybody on the land that will make a phone call to the Department of Environment can get permission to shoot almost whatever they want to shoot and it’s unaudited and unchecked and that’s our concern — animal welfare,” Borda told Australian Broadcasting Corp.

The government would have been better off subsidizing professional shooters to reduce kangaroo numbers more humanely, he said.

“We see this as probably the worst possible outcome for the kangaroo, but I’ve got to emphasize we do understand the plight that farmers are in,” Borda said.