In March next year all mink farms in the Netherlands have to stop. In November the ‘fur period’ starts and when all minks have been stripped of their fur after that the breeders are not allowed to put new animals in their cages anymore.
The early cessation of mink farming is the result of the coronavirus outbreak on many farms. More than forty farms have recently been affected by the virus. The minks have all been culled.
It is not intended that all animals on all remaining holdings should be killed preventively; the risk to public health is not considered to be high enough.
But the Cabinet is afraid that in time virus reservoirs will form on the affected farms, which could result in more and more people becoming infected. The fact that the mink farms will not have to stop immediately saves the cabinet money. There is also a practical reason why the termination will not take effect immediately: first the law has to be amended.
Binding stop control
The last 120 mink farms are being bought out. The plan was rather that the mink farms would stop in 2024, but that is brought forward. According to sources in The Hague, the measures will cost the government some €180 million: €40 million for the culls, €140 million for a “compulsory stoppers scheme”.