Death is Not Disease Prevention: No More Culling of Innocent Animals

Target: Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark

Goal: Call off mass culling of tens of millions of mink and promote life-saving fur industry restrictions instead.

Once again, human exploitation of animals may have fueled a public health danger. And once again, innocent animals appear to be the ones paying the biggest price. Now, upwards of 17 million mink in Denmark may pay with their lives.

A mutated form of the novel coronavirus may have spread in the mink population over several months. Scientists believe the disease may have jumped to humans, prompting fears of another outbreak. If the transmission has happened, it likely occurred because of the country’s multi-million-dollar mink fur industry…the largest such production in the world.

While precautions are understandable, this mass culling would be incredibly inhumane and probably ineffective. The country has already attempted more limited culling: a move that has resulted in failure to contain the spread. Many of the animals that will die may not even be sick. If this country really wants to be proactive, it should place much stronger limits and restrictions on the contact humans have with wild animals, especially in the mink industry.

Sign the petition below to demand Denmark put life before profit and reverse its destructive culling plan.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Prime Minister Frederiksen,

The planned culling of millions of mink is wrong on many levels. Condemning innocent (often healthy) living beings to death in order to prevent disease will never be a sound or acceptable option. Imagine if the world took that approach to human beings suffering from COVID-19.

Moreover, the culling initiatives conducted previously yielded no benefit. This disease, like so many, extends its tentacles through human recklessness. Putting humans in such close and frequent contact with animals living in the wild is and has always been an impending date with disaster.

Much like we are asked to social distance from each other, the best means of prevention is simply staying away from potentially infected animals. Such a commitment would likely mean stronger restrictions on the mink fur industry. Even if these steps cut into profits in the short-term, they might save countless lives (both animal and human) in the long-term.

Please do not sacrifice these innocent animals for a half-baked plan that will not even in all probability work. Stop the culling, and start seeking solutions that will save lives, not senselessly end them.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Trimming

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11 Comments

  1. Judith C Church says:

    God did not create Animals/ Sea life and all creations to be murdered! Any of our lords creations need to be safe, cared for and loved. Read your Bible to see. JESUS WAS A VEGAN!

  2. Innocent animals should not have to pay for human greed….

  3. If Denmark is unable to eliminate their fur industry, mink in particular, then they can at least minimize the damage and better regulate this atrocious ‘industry’. The way these animals are treated while making their owners rich is sadistic and depraved – they should all be charged with cruelty and ashamed of their indifference to the sacrifice of these animals for their enrichment.

  4. Humans who abuse animals must have the mandatory death penalty performed on them. Back off stupid humans and leave animals alone!

  5. Humans can be so greedy. They don’t care about the animals they exploit, suffer! Fur belongs on animals, not humans. Stop this insane practice. There is no compassion for innocent animals, only “how much can monsters make off of them.” It’s sickening and appalling.

  6. Suzanne Baxter says:

    Denmark needs to completely stop breeding mink for their
    pelts. Although horrifying that these animals will be killed because of a virus, they are raised inhumanly to be killed
    anyway. No one needs to wear dead animals.

  7. Mette Frederiksen, Prime Minister of Denmark

    Call off mass culling of tens of millions of innocent and helpless mink and promote life-saving fur industry restrictions instead.

  8. Lawrence Holtzman says:

    I always assumed Norway was a civilized country and people. Not anymore. How sick killing 10 million innocent animals. Now their bloated bodies are raising from mass graves. What’s the matter with you disturbed people!!!

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