While the Covid-19 is circulating in one of the four French mink farms, in Eure-et-Loire, and the Ministry of Agriculture has ordered the slaughter of 1,000 animals, the spokesperson for the association La French fur which represents the French Federation of fur trades. Pierre-Philippe Frieh calls for “caution”, Sunday November 22 on franceinfo. “You have to stick to science and veterinary recommendations”, he believes.
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The contamination of mink farms is worrying after the discovery of a mutant version of Covid-19 in farms in Denmark at the beginning of November. This mutated virus could make the vaccines on which laboratories are working today ineffective. The Danish authorities had therefore ordered the slaughter of all mink in the country, more than 15 million animals. “What Denmark has done, absolutely must not be done”, indicates Pierre-Philippe Frieh. He claims that“In no case do international health authorities recommend closing or slaughtering farmed mink that are in farms where there are no cases of Covid-19”.
According to him, he was “logic”, and it was even “a health precaution”, to slaughter the mink in “farms linked to a cluster” but it was not necessary “to cut down [les visons dans] all other farms in the country that were outside the cluster, including farms that were healthy “, assures the spokesperson for La Fourrure française. He is still waiting “details of the results” from the Ministry of Agriculture.
“We are a responsible industry and we follow veterinary and scientific recommendations.”Pierre-Philippe Frieh, spokesperson for La Fourrure française
“The question now, it is to know how this contamination arrived in the breeding while the breeder was tested negative “, adds Pierre-Philippe Frieh who wonders “if there is not a link between a break-in that took place in this farm two weeks ago and the Covid contamination “. According to Pierre-Philippe Frieh, the sector is “surprise and cautious in front of this chain of facts”.