Denmark’s Minister of Agriculture Mogens Jensen introduced on Wednesday he would step down, amid mounting strain over an unlawful authorities order to cull the nation’s farmed mink.
“I have today informed the Prime Minister that I wish to resign from the Government. I can state that there is not the necessary support for me among the parliamentary parties,” Jensen wrote in a Twitter put up.
Earlier in November, the federal government ordered in a nationwide televised press convention led by Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, that the nation’s whole mink inhabitants of 17 million bred for his or her fur, be culled, after a mutated type of coronavirus that may unfold to people was discovered on mink farms, elevating considerations over jeopardising future vaccines.
Following strain by the opposition events, which cited that the socialist minority authorities didn’t have the required laws in place to proceed with the muss culling, Frederiksen admitted that the order was unlawful, stressing nevertheless, that the federal government “was not informed of the illegality” till the weekend.
“We have made a mistake. There were no legal grounds to ask the farmers to cull their mink outside the infected zones,” Jensen informed the Danish wire company Ritzau on Monday. In a Facebook put up, Jensen wrote:
“I regretted this earlier, I regret it again and take responsibility for this, especially I regret this to the many mink farmers who have been in a very unhappy situation,” including that “There has only been one purpose: to stop the Covid-19 infection in and from mink because it poses a threat to public health.”
Opposition chief, Jakob Elleman-Jensen of the Liberal Party accused the PM of executing the order, and requested for a fee of inquiry.
“The Prime Minister is responsible for the illegal order. She made the decision and she did not intervene and stop it when she became aware that it was illegal. The case therefore does not stop with Mogens Jensen’s departure,” Elleman-Jensen tweeted on Wednesday.