RTE reported that, while there are no immediate plans to carry out the proposed cull, government officials in the Department of Agriculture have already informed some farm owners that it will happen.
Michael Fitzmaurice said, "If a cull is to take place on the three mink farms in Ireland, then we must take the opportunity to eradicate the mink in the wild".
Dr Mark Dalton, spokesman for Veterinary Ireland said the fact a coronavirus mutation had been found in mink in Denmark, only further added to the necessity to close the Irish mink farms.
The Chief Sanitary Inspectorate said there were 18 cases of infections among farm workers that were unrelated to each other.
The Danish government, however, came under fire from the Opposition after it was found that they exceeded their constitutional limits by ordering the mass culling of minks in the country.More news: Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland wins Golden Boy award
Many Irish people might be surprised to learn that mink fur farms exist in Ireland at all.
Wisconsin, Utah and MI lead as the three largest farmed mink industries in the nation, with OR taking fourth place.
The department said in a statement it was acting on expert advice that minks "should be culled to minimise or eliminate this risk".
Three mink farms in the Republic of Ireland have been told their mink are to be culled to halt a potential spread of a mutated form of coronavirus.
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When testing was ordered at the end of the first week of November the Department said it has had ongoing engagement with the mink farms since early summer.
The contamination of minks is not new, with breeders in several countries, including the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the United States, reporting cases.
"There have been no new cases of the "Cluster 5" mink mutation since September 15, which has led to the Danish infectious disease authority SSI to conclude that this variant has most likely been eradicated", Danish Health Ministry said in a statement issued earlier today.
But Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has insisted the cull is "non-negotiable", and her government is now preparing to ban mink farming altogether until 2022.
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