Petition: Wild Mink Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Utah

Petition: Wild Mink Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Utah

A wild has tested positive for the coronavirus. This is the first instance of detected in a wild animal.

The result was confirmed by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), who shared that the wild was found close to a Utah fur farm.

“To our knowledge, this is the first free-ranging, native wild animal confirmed with Sars-CoV-2,” the USDA said in an alert to the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

This raises concerns that wild animals might be able to spread the infections.

Millions of have been killed in Europe after infections were found on multiple fur farms.
Kitty Block, president and CEO of the wrote in her blog today:

“We have been making the case since the beginning of the pandemic for ending cruel confinement practices like because animals held in cramped, crowded spaces are far more likely to contract and spread dangerous diseases that can jump to humans. As the pandemic has progressed, we have seen these fears turn to reality.”

Dr. Dan Horton, a veterinary expert at the University of Surrey, UK, told the BBC that the discovery, “reinforces the need to undertake surveillance in wildlife and remain vigilant.”

The first infections on mink were found in April and the Danish government used the opportunity to take a stance against the industry and call for closing all farms by March 2021.

Over a million were killed during the pandemic.

Sign this petition to demand a complete end to mink in Denmark!

This article was first published by OneGreenPlanet on 16 December 2020. Lead Image Source : An inspiration/

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