Mink Farms and COVID-19
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From Jeremy Beckham, UARC Utah Animal Rights Coalition
March 2021

Why are we just accepting that we have to accept this deadly, dangerous, vile industry? Mink farms should be closed down immediately.

UARC is working to gather support from wildlife and public health professionals in an effort to shut down mink farming. If you are a qualified expert in one of these areas, you can add your name to their public open letter at An Open Letter on COVID-19 & Industrial Mink Farms.

caged Mink

A USDA researcher recently gave a presentation about the role that mink farms will indefinitely play in being the source of a reservoir of the COVID-19 virus and continual spillover events to and from wildlife.

Below is a slide that was part of the presentation. Point A is an infected mink farm in Morgan, UT. Point B is where they dumped the bodies of thousands of infected mink. Point C is where USDA researchers trapped and tested a COVID-positive wild mink, along a riparian habitat where a lot of wild mustelids are present. See SARS-CoV-2 Exposure in Escaped Mink, Utah, USA

Mink farms

Last week, researchers in Finland and Poland confirmed with genomic sequencing that the virus that causes COVID-19 readily undergoes "host adaptation" in mink, giving rise to variants that can then infect humans.

They concluded that if we have mink farms, we will probably have to get used to having regular pandemics of coronaviruses into human populations now, and billions of people will likely need to get annual COVID vaccines that try to keep up with the variants, sort of like the flu shot. Of course, like the flu shot, sometimes we'll miss the target and lots of people will die. See Zoonotic spillover of SARS-CoV-2: mink-adapted virus in humans

Why are we just accepting that we have to accept this deadly, dangerous, vile industry? Mink farms should be closed down immediately.

UARC is working to gather support from wildlife and public health professionals in an effort to shut down mink farming. If you are a qualified expert in one of these areas, you can add your name to their public open letter at An Open Letter on COVID-19 & Industrial Mink Farms.


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