The department said in a statement it was acting on expert advice that minks "should be culled to minimise or eliminate this risk". "The case therefore does not stop with Mogens Jensen's departure", Elleman-Jensen tweeted on Wednesday. It said all farms would be permitted to "harvest" fur from the animals when they are culled in coming weeks. Jensen repeated his earlier apologies, offering particular regret to the country's mink farmers.
The cull has sparked a political crisis after the government admitted it lacked a legal basis.
"I have today informed the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the Government".
THOUSANDS of mink will be slaughtered at a Laois farm, despite the fact that test samples have proved negative for a mutated strain of Covid-19. Earlier this month, authorities said that 11 people were sickened by it. The risky coronavirus variant has been found on fur farms in the US, Sweden, Italy and Spain.
It's led to concerns here that if there were a mutation of the virus -it could affect the roll out of any vaccine.
A mutated strain of Covid-19 that spread on mink farms across Denmark is "most likely" extinct, the country's infectious diseases body the State Serum Institute (SSI) announced Thursday.
"No, the cull was not unjustified", he said. The mutation was not really the justification for me. It was the large mink reservoir of COVID-19. "I would also mention that minks escape regularly, so you don't want that risk of infecting the wild animal population, either".
Many Irish people might be surprised to learn that mink fur farms exist in Ireland at all.
Calls for a humane culling of the animals had been made in recent weeks, with Veterinary Ireland saying it would be prudent to dispose of them under the supervision of Department of Agriculture officials.
COVID outbreaks in mink farms, aside from in the United States and Denmark, have also been reported in the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Italy, and Greece according to the World Health Organization, and Poland has begun testing mink for the virus this week.
According to the AP's Copenhagen bureau: "There are 1,139 mink farms in Denmark, employing about 6,000 people".
"We need to take the opportunity of this nationwide cull to fully eradicate this non-native species in Ireland", Michael Fitzmaurice said.