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Outbreak Of Mutated Covid Strain Cited As Good Reason To Wind Down Irish Mink Farms

A member of Veterinary Ireland says bringing an end to the "cruel practice" is already in the Programme for Government.

The outbreak of a mutated covid-19 strain is a good reason to wind down mink farming in Ireland.

Around 17 million mink have been culled in Denmark after the outbreak, which also spread to six farm employees.

The Department of Agriculture has carried out testing at Ireland's three mink farms - including Vasa Limited in Laois - as a precaution, with the results due back at the end of this week.

Dr Mark D'Alton - a member of Veterinary Ireland's Welfare Committee - says the closing of our mink farms is already in the Programme for Government.

He believes draft legislation should now be drawn up without delay and compensation packages for workers involved:

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