The Danish Fisheries Minister Mogens Jensen resigns over the mink cull scandal
The Danish Government is seeking a new Fisheries Minister after Mogens Jensen chose to resign from his portfolio over the mink cull scandal.
Mr Jensen found himself in the centre of a storm of controversy after the decision was taken to cull the country’s captive mink population. He came under repeated criticism for his handling of the COVID-19 infection among Danish mink herds, and bowing to public and political pressure, he stepped down as Minister.
In a press release in relation to his resignation he said:
“In order for me as a minister to be able to carry out my duties, it is crucial that I have the necessary confidence in the Folketing. Not least in a situation where my ministry is facing the big task, which is to ensure a green climate change in Danish agriculture. Since I have the clear assessment that I no longer have the sufficient support among a majority of the parliamentary parties, I have today informed the Prime Minister that I want to resign from the government.”
There has been criticism of the government’s decision to slaughter all mink on November 4, when it subsequently emerged that there was no legal authority to slaughter mink outside the infected zones. In addition, there has been criticism of the government’s strategy in relation to limiting infection on Danish mink farms. The Ministry of the Environment and Food has prepared statements for both.
“I am today submitting my statements for partly the process surrounding the decision to kill all mink in Denmark and partly the measures that have been taken specifically to stop the spread of infection on mink farms since the outbreak in June. Regarding the first statement, I would like to say that it is clear here that my ministry has made a mistake in connection with the government announcing the decision to kill all mink in Denmark. I’ve apologised for that before. I apologise again and take responsibility for that. I especially regret it to the many mink farmers who have stood and are in a very unhappy situation.
“On the second statement, I would like to say that it confirms that the various steps my ministry has taken since June in relation to combating coronas infection on mink farms, each based on clear health and veterinary recommendations. With this, there has only been one purpose: namely to stop the Covid-19 infection in and from mink, because it is a threat to public health,” Mogens Jensen concluded.