There were no legal grounds to ask the farmers to cull their mink outside the infected zones,” Jensen told the Danish wire agency Ritzau on Monday. She made the decision and she did not intervene and stop it when she became aware that it was illegal. Earlier in November, the government ordered in a national televised press conference led by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, that the country’s entire mink population of 17 million bred for their fur, be culled, after a mutated form of coronavirus that can spread to humans was found on mink farms, raising concerns over jeopardising future vaccines. Denmark will cull about 17 million mink after a mutated form of coronavirus that can spread to humans was found on mink farms. I can state that there is not the necessary support for me among the parliamentary parties,” Jensen wrote in a Twitter post. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Denmark’s agriculture minister resigns over illegal order to cull mink
By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe
epa08810845 Members of Danish health authorities assisted by members of the Danish Armed Forces dispose dead mink in a military area near Holstebro in Denmark, 09 November 2020 (issued 10 November 2020). EPA-EFE/MORTEN STRICKER MANDATORY CREDIT: Morten Stricker/Dagbladet Holstebro Struer/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix DENMARK OUT
Members of Danish health authorities assisted by members of the Danish Armed Forces dispose dead mink in a military area near Holstebro in Denmark, 09 November 2020 (issued 10 November 2020). Danish mink will be buried in mass graves on military land as the country’s incinerators and rendering plants struggle to keep up, the Danish environmental and health authorities announced. Following pressure by the opposition parties, which cited that the socialist minority government did not have the necessary legislation in place to proceed with the muss culling, Frederiksen admitted that the order was illegal, stressing however, that the government “was not informed of the illegality” until the weekend. “The Prime Minister is responsible for the illegal order. The case therefore does not stop with Mogens Jensen’s departure,” Elleman-Jensen tweeted on Wednesday. “We have made a mistake. EPA-EFE/MORTEN STRICKER MANDATORY CREDIT: Morten Stricker/Dagbladet Holstebro Struer/Jysk Fynske Medier/Ritzau Scanpix DENMARK OUT
Denmark’s Minister of Agriculture Mogens Jensen announced on Wednesday he would step down, amid mounting pressure over an illegal government order to cull the country’s farmed mink. In a Facebook post, Jensen wrote:
“I regretted this earlier, I regret it again and take responsibility for this, especially I regret this to the many mink farmers who have been in a very unhappy situation,” adding that “There has only been one purpose: to stop the Covid-19 infection in and from mink because it poses a threat to public health.”
Opposition leader, Jakob Elleman-Jensen of the Liberal Party accused the PM of executing the order, and asked for a commission of inquiry. “I have today informed the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the Government.