Poland in favour of ending mink farms in Europe: Agriculture Ministry

Poland has joined forces with other EU countries to push the European Commission into banning mink farming in Europe because of the COVID-19 threat the animals pose to humans and wildlife, the Agriculture Ministry stated.

The ministry stated that according to the latest reliable scientific information, minks pose a threat of “an uncontrolled spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the formation of dangerous mutations because they are significantly susceptible to infection by this virus”.

Poland and its allies also took into consideration the welfare and ethics surrounding the breeding of animals mainly for the purpose of obtaining their fur when compiling a memorandum calling for the Commission to act.

The Agriculture Ministry said that important data on the issue was presented by the delegations of the Netherlands and Austria at the last meeting of the EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council on June 28. The data presented by the delegations was supported by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Slovakia.