B.C. public health order places moratorium on new mink farms due to COVID-19 | iNFOnews | Thompson-Okanagan's News Source

Current Conditions

Partly Cloudy
14.0°C

Kamloops News

B.C. public health order places moratorium on new mink farms due to COVID-19

Minister of Agriculture Lana Popham provides an update about fish farms in the province during a press conference at the legislature in Victoria on June 20, 2018.
Image Credit: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
July 26, 2021 - 9:00 PM

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. - British Columbia has placed a moratorium on new mink farms and capped existing farms at their current numbers after two more of the animals tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The Agriculture Ministry says each farm is required to report the total number of mink to the provincial health officer and the medical health officer in their regional health authority.

The new provincial health order comes after two mink tested positive for the virus on a farm that's been under quarantine and samples from five more of the animals from the same farm tested positive at B.C.'s animal health lab with final results pending from a national lab in Winnipeg.

It says the mink that tested positive were identified through a provincial surveillance project that aims to assess the potential for virus transmission to "free-ranging" animals.

The ministry says in a statement that in this instance, four mink had escaped their cages and were captured on the farm.

It says the province is reviewing its policies related to fur farms while ensuring biosecurity measures are in place to protect both the public and animal health.

Three out of nine mink farms in B.C. have seen mink test positive for the virus since last December, the ministry says. The farms remain under quarantine, with no mink being moved to or from the properties, which are all located in the Fraser Valley.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2021.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2021
The Canadian Press

  • Popular kamloops News
  • This $2.5M Kelowna industrial site could be yours for $116K at city tax sale
    Each year cities and towns throughout B.C. advertise properties for sale for unpaid taxes. The sales have to happen on the last Monday of September. Back in 2019, the most expensive house in
  • Charcuterie processing plant gets smoking in Kamloops
    A Kamloops butcher shop and deli is expanding to create a charcuterie processing plant earlier this month, and four full time staff are busy making sausage, and drying, curing, and smoking a varie
  • TRENDING NOW: Bear finds lost GoPro and makes a video
    %%nodefaultimage%% Dylan Schilt was blown away when he found a GoPro in the snow someone had lost while snowmobiling. He charged it, turned it on and couldn't believe what he saw.
  • Pot plants being pilfered from backyards in Kamloops
    Some Kamloops residents on the North Shore have reported their backyard cannabis plants have been stolen during the night over the past few weeks. Ken Davidson said his plants were stolen tw
  • Penticton man paralyzed for second time
    A Penticton family is slowly coming to terms with a serious illness after Nelson Vokey became paralyzed from the neck down on Sept. 12 hours after the vibrations from a golf swing caused or a
View Site in: Desktop | Mobile