Denmark: All minks culled, a profession gone?

Unsplash by Nick Karvounis

Many claims it has been a breach of the Danish constitution that the government decided to cull all minks, due to the presence of C5 found in minks. Yet, outrage now appears from animals rights organisation claiming the mink industry is gruesome.

All minks have now been culled in Denmark due to the presence of Covid-19, which is as far as 17 million minks. However, people were taken aback that the Danish government culled both sick and healthy animals, and therefore choose to spare no minks.

It comes after Danish mink farmers were furious following the culling of all minks.

More on the Covid-19 situation between the UK and Denmark here.

Sascha Camilli, working for the animal right organisation, PETA claims that “The Danish government should have banned fur farming years ago – but it can still do so now to stop the situation from progressing and prevent future pandemics.

Unsplash by Clem Onojeghuo

Denmark has more than 1000 mink farms with Kopenhagen Fur as the world’s largest auction house in the industry. The UK banned mink furring in 2002, yet the Danish government is now losing around £600 million (5bn DKK) a year if the production of mink fur shuts down completely.

Still, Camilli was taken aback that such a modest country like Denmark, is one of the largest mink fur producers in the world. “Fur farms packed with sick, stressed, suffering animals are revolting places. What matters now is that we put an end to this industry, so no new animals are bred into a life of torment and misery, and then violently killed.”

China and Hong Kong are the biggest markets for Kopenhagen Fur. Several European countries have banned the production of fur years ago. The Netherlands has announced a plan for them to shut down their mink production by 2024. 

It is time for Denmark to follow suit,” says Camilli from PETA.

Another animal rights activist, Angeliki Pappa, shares her concerns towards the mass-killing in Denmark.

Video by: Yasmin Sakki

However, the Danish government is not only being held accountable by animal rights organisations. Other Danish politicians have criticised how this situation has been handle. They claim it is a breach of the Danish constitution, that they have killed an entire profession.

Chairman for the Danish liberal party Jakob Ellemann-Jensen says: “The Prime Minster regret to give an illegal order. An illegal order that healthy mink herds in Denmark should be put down. An order for which there was no legal authority. An order you did not have compensation in place in relation to. An order for which one would not lay the groundwork for the decision.”

Outrage and doubt are starting to appear among the Danes, as they claim the lack of legal authorities to kill an entire profession is missing. Ellemann-Jensen claims it is a scandal that should not belong in a country with democracy and is raising serious doubt based on the decision.

Yet beyond the political doubt, the Danish mink farmer Hanne Kristensen claims, “Mette Frederiksen should, when she was aware of her illegalities have stopped the order and announced that she did not have the legal authorities to kill healthy minks in Denmark. I believe they have acted totally in panic when it comes to the mass killings of minks.”

Picture of Hanne Kristensen from

However, the Danish government is planning to introduce legislation that bans mink farming through 2021. The Danish government is hoping this will make it possible for the industry to rebuild in the coming of 2022. Yet, this is not pleasant news for Camilli working at PETA, as she had hoped this would put an end to the industry. 


Words, Video: Yasmin Sakki | Subbing: Sam Tabahriti

Accessibility | Cookies | Terms of use and privacy