Seven companies at nine locations in Gemert-Bakel, Laarbeek, Deurne, Sint Anthonis and Venray would be cleared tomorrow. More companies may be added after research.
Erwin Vermeulen of Animal Rights is delighted with the suspension of the clearance. “In our opinion there is no scientific substantiation in the Letter to Parliament, which is why we think we have a strong case. Of course we hope that the animals will not be culled at all.”
The Netherlands has about 140 mink farms with a total of 808,000 dams, which usually give birth in May. Mink breeding is prohibited in the Netherlands as of January 1, 2024. The fur of the animals is mainly sold in Asia, Russia and the United States.