Denmark’s parliament has agreed to dig up about four million dead mink, after the animals had been culled and buried in haste earlier this yr in an effort to stamp out a mutation of the coronavirus.
The mink might be exhumed after six months, a time interval deemed lengthy sufficient to guarantee there’s not a contamination danger, the Ministry of Food and Veterinary Affairs stated on Sunday. The animals will then be incinerated, it stated.
“Once the [dead] mink are no longer contaminated with Covid-19, they will be transported to an incineration facility, where they’ll be burned as corporate waste,” the ministry stated. “That way we can avoid having to handle the mink as dangerous waste.”
The settlement comes after the animals had began to resurface from their mass graves, prompting fears of contamination.