To date, the Dutch government has killed one million mink in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 on fur farms in the Netherlands. On April 26, SARS-CoV-2—the virus that leads to COVID-19—was initially identified on two mink fur farms in the Netherlands and has since spread to 24 mink fur farms. While the government initially believed that the transmission of the virus was from human workers to animals, in May, Dutch Agriculture Minister Carola Schouten confirmed that the transmission of the virus was from minks to humans. In June, the Netherlands began “culling” thousands of minks to stop the spread of the virus, which has now culminated in approximately one million animals killed.
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