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October 17, 2020 - Daily Herald

USA: Citing health threat, Utah animal rights group asks Herbert to shut down mink farm

USA: Citing health threat, Utah animal rights group asks Herbert to shut down mink farm
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A Utah animal rights group is calling on Gov. Gary Herbert to “take more decisive action to curb the serious and growing public health threat posed by the zoonotic transmission of coronavirus that is occurring on Utah mink farms,” though the science behind such transmission has not been firmly established.

In August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Veterinary Service Laboratory announced the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in five mink that were identified at two Utah mink farms.

The Utah mink farms, which were not identified, also reported positive COVID-19 cases among staff, according to the governor’s office, which said in a press release that “there is currently no evidence that animals, including mink, play a significant role in transmitting the virus to humans.”

Thousands of mink have died because of the coronavirus on Utah fur farms since the initial detection of SARS-CoV-2 in the animal, the Associated Press reported on Oct. 5.

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