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Mink scandal: blame for Danish Prime Minister Frederiksen

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Status: 05.07.2022 5:18 p.m.

In the midst of the corona pandemic, the Danish government had ordered the slaughter of 15 million farmed mink – without legal basis. Prime Minister Frederiksen has now been reprimanded in Parliament – there are no legal consequences.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has received a reprimand from parliament for the controversial slaughter of farmed mink during the corona pandemic. However, this complaint is only a symbolic act and has no consequences. It was delivered today by your Social Democrats and their allies in Parliament.

It was decided not to initiate criminal proceedings. Because you saw no basis for an investigation of the case by independent attorneys. The opposition, on the other hand, had called for tougher action and the involvement of justice.

“grossly misleading” statements – but without intent

A commission of inquiry had accused Frederiksen last week that his statements at the press conference after the decision to kill the mink were “grossly misleading”. However, they did not accuse the head of government of intent.

At the beginning of 2020, the Frederiksen government had decided that more than 15 million farmed mink and therefore all mink in the country must be slaughtered. The animals had been bred for fur production, for which Denmark was one of the world market leaders at the time. Mink farming in Denmark was initially banned until early 2022. The scheme has now been extended for a further year.

The legal basis was missing

At a press conference, Frederiksen said the reason for this step was that the corona virus had mutated in animals and there was a risk that this would affect the effectiveness of the corona vaccines then under development.

However, as it turned out later, the legal basis for the mass culling was lacking at the time. This was only created afterwards. The head of government had always defended his actions. She wanted to act quickly and didn’t know the decision to kill was illegal, she said.

The right-wing liberal opposition party Venstre has announced its intention to take up the issue again after the general elections – elections in Denmark are due to take place no later than next June. To push through a judicial inquiry, however, a majority of the middle class would be needed.

Source www.tagesschau.de

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