Hundreds of mink are believed to be being burned alive after surviving being gassed during a Europe-wide cull, reports reveal.
A horrific video, which we have decided to not publish, shows one of the animals squirming inside a 'kill box' ahead of being burned alive.
The shocking clip was seen after Denmark ruled to cull 15 million mink at more than 1,100 farms.
More than a quarter of a million Danes were forced into lowdown on Friday, following reports a mutant strain of mink-related coronavirus had been found passed to humans.
During the culling process, mink are typically moved from their cages into a box containing a gas which kills them in around 10 to 15 seconds, reports The Sun.
The bodies are then crammed into 'kill boxes' which are sent for incineration.
However, a clip which went viral over the weekend shows the system is failing as some of the minks are surviving the gassing process and are then being incinerated alive.
It's not known how many have died this way, but it's feared millions of mink are being culled and the figure could easily run into the hundreds.
In the video, a mink is seen being put into the box and is trying to escape through a space in the steel container.
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Danish mink farm worker Flemming Olesen uploaded the video on Facebook.
He told TV2 Nord : "It's awful. They (the minks) must die, but they must die in a proper way.
"It was very lively…and you could hear it screaming."
The horrific video quickly came to the attention of the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration.
Its head of veterinary medicine Flemming Kure Marker said: "These are some very unpleasant pictures that show a killing that has gone wrong.
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"I can easily understand that it is hard for a breeder to see his herd being killed that way."
Wendy Higgins of the Humane Society International (HSI) revealed gassing is “particularly cruel because mink are semi-aquatic animals able to hold their breath for long periods”.
That means some of the animals may survive being gassed.
“In the Netherlands there was video of mink culls that appears to show some mink surviving initial gassing and having to be gassed a second time,” she said.
Six countries have now reported Covid outbreaks linked to mink farms after the mutant strain was discovered in Denmark.
The Netherlands, US, Spain, Sweden and Italy have also found coronavirus cases in minks, the World Health Organisation has confirmed.
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