Decomposition of minks buried in mass graves in Denmark after they were killed over coronavirus fears may have contaminated groundwater, a local radio said As the Department of Agriculture admitted, it had lost sight of about 1.5 million bodies

Denmark, the world’s largest exporter of mink fur, announced earlier last month that it would kill up to 15 million mink after a mutated version of the virus was discovered that could have compromised the effectiveness of future vaccines

Since the authorities were unable to cremate such a large number of dead animals at once, they buried tens of thousands in shallow 2-meter pits in a military training area in West Jutland, some of which recently emerged as their bodies filled with gases

Denmark’s Radio4 reported Thursday that a study carried out for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency revealed that the groundwater in the area may already be polluted and urged the authorities to take swift action

The agency said this week it did not expect the conclusions of a fuller study of the environmental impact of the 24-hour guardian mass burial sites to be available before the new year

The Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries has also acknowledged that it cannot say for sure where or how 4700 tons – or around 15 million dead minks – were disposed of, the state broadcaster Danmarks Radio reported on Thursday

“It may seem extremely questionable when you hear it, but we cannot explain every mink,” said Agriculture Minister Rasmus Prehn. “You can pull your hair out that it can be so, but unfortunately it is the truth. It is not unlikely that more were buried than expected, this is our best choice at the moment ”

According to the Ministry, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration was accused of 31To have disposed of 000 tons of slaughtered mink, which corresponds to about 11 million corpses

There are around 10 in the two mass graves in Holstebro and Karup in western Denmark400 tons, while another 14000 tonnes are processed in a facility normally used by the fur industry About 2300 tons were burned or waiting to be burned – that’s how 4 remains700 tons, or 1 5 million bodies left, not reported

“It is problematic that the government cannot explain where these minks are and how they were processed,” a liberal opposition party official, Ulla Tørnæs, told the broadcaster

“The impact on the environment obviously varies depending on how many tons of mink are buried in those graves. Citizens who live near the graves have a right to know how many there are”

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/dec/10/decomposing-mink-in-denmark-may-have-contaminated-groundwater