As Europe’s fur industry reels from the coronavirus-related slaughter of 17 million mink in Denmark, there are new calls Friday to dig up mass graves of the mammals due to new contamination concerns.
The animals were ordered killed after a mutated form of COVID-19 had swept across a quarter of the country’s mink farms.
Now there are calls to dig up two mass graves near a bathing lake and water source due to fears of contamination, according to the BBC.
This comes a day after thousands of corpses that were buried only three feet deep were pushed to the surface by gases released during the decomposition process.
This month’s culling was ordered without an environmental review; an oversight that was ruled illegal by authorities, prompting the resignation of the country’s Minister of Agriculture last week.
Opposition Members of Parliament say the massacred mink should be dug up and loaded into containers of manure, which they say would be a safer disposal method.
Lawmaker Signe Munk told the BBC the buried mink were “a ticking environmental bomb” and said “the mink must be removed.”
On Thursday, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen broke into tears while visiting a mink farm whose herd was killed, ruining the family’s livelihood.
There are about 1,100 mink farms in Denmark, making it the world’s largest mink producer.
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