Cause of death of 2.5 thousand minks and foxes is being investigated in Karelia

Veterinarians of Karelia are investigating the cause of death of 2,500 minks and foxes at the Pryazhinskoye fur farm, the only one in Karelia, in the village of Pryazha, the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries of the region Vladimir Labinov told reporters on Friday.

In his opinion, the death of animals is not associated with hunger, but with their possible illness due to the fact that preventive vaccinations were not given on time.

Earlier, workers of the farm, which has been in crisis for several months due to an unstable financial situation, filmed a video about the death of animals. In their opinion, the animals died due to hunger.

«The death of animals, in my opinion, is much more connected … not with underfeeding, it is associated with the lack of implementation of antiepizootic measures that lead to a weakening of immunity. a more objective picture, to make a more accurate diagnosis of the causes of death of animals. Such data will be obtained on October 16, «Labinov said.

According to him, the farm contains up to 10 thousand heads of fur-bearing animals, since October 1, about 2.5 thousand animals have died. Labinov denied information that due to hunger, animals began to eat each other. He said that the prevention of viral diseases on the farm had not been carried out since spring, instructions were sent to Pryazhinskoye JSC, and penalties were applied.

Labinov noted that the farm has a stock of feed, which the management of the fur farm estimates at 30 tons. It will be enough for the period of technological rearing of the animal — until the beginning of November, after which the animals will be slaughtered. It is pointless to carry out preventive vaccinations at the present time, as all deadlines have passed, he said.

TASS has not yet been able to get a comment from the owner of Pryazhinskoye JSC (businessman Aivo Hallist has been it since 2015).

Founded in Soviet times in Pryazh, the fur farm is currently the only one in Karelia where fur animals are raised.

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