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Danish PM breaks down after visiting mink farmer whose animals were culled

Denmark’s prime minister broke down in tears Thursday while visiting a mink farmer whose herd was killed on government orders meant to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen met with a father and son at their farm near Kolding in Western Denmark, telling reporters that the family has “had their life’s work shattered” in a very short time period.

“It has been emotional for them, and… Sorry. It has for me too,” Frederiksen said, pausing to take a break between words as her voice wavered.

The Danish leader had faced calls from the opposition for her to resign and a vote of no confidence in parliament following the order earlier this month to cull all 17 million mink in the country.

The directive was given after after authorities found a mutated version of COVID-19 in fur farms and factories. The strain could weaken the effectiveness of vaccines.

The government was later forced to admit that it did not have the legal basis to order the massacre of healthy mink and the Minister of Agriculture, Mogens Jensen, stepped down last week over the fiasco.

With Post wires

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