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After a number of mink on a Spanish fur farm tested positive for coronavirus, the Spanish government ordered they be killed to help prevent the spread of the virus.

After seven workers on the farm tested positive and animals were found to be infected, the Department of Agriculture, Livestock, and Environment of Spain’s Aragon region ordered the 92,700 mink be killed.

Recently, Dutch fur farms also announced the cull of mink after positive coronavirus tests on a farm. Authorities in Spain aren’t sure how the virus spread or if “there is human-to-animal transmission or vice versa.” The animals were killed as a precaution. On July 7, a test confirmed that 78 out of 90 mink tested for the coronavirus tested positive.

Source: Animal Rights Nederland & België

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The Humane Society International (HSI) is urging the closure of all fur farms in Europe to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Following statements on the Dutch government’s decisions, Dr. Joanna Swabe, Senior Director of Public Affairs for animal protection group Humane Society International/Europe, said, “The intensive cage confinement of animals on fur farms has always been a potential breeding ground for infectious diseases, and confirmation that mink on Dutch fur farms have infected workers with COVID-19 exposes yet another reason to close this cruel and entirely unnecessary industry. Fur farms typically contain thousands of mink in rows of cages in unsanitary, crowded and stressful conditions not unlike the wildlife markets at the centre of global concern.”

HSI said that fur farming was declining around the globe, as demand for fur weakens and multiple fashion houses have banned it.

Read more about mink and fur farms during coronavirus, including the coronavirus spread through Dutch farms, a million mink killed by Dutch fur farms during coronavirus, and the Dutch government’s previous statement on mink and the coronavirus. 

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