Demanding The Closing Of A Mink Farm

24.6.2011
Words by Paul Fontaine
Landowners and people renting summerhouses near a mink farm in Mosfellsdal are asking city and health authorities to shut the place down, due to the pollution given off by the place.

DV reports that the mink farm, Dalbús ehf., opened in 2007, has been operating without a license ever since.

The farm itself sits far up on the side of a mountain. From it, run-off trickles down in the form of a creek into the valley below. This run-off, neighbours say, is so toxic that it puts the lives of humans and animals in danger. They point out that the surrounding area is also grazing land for horses. These neighbours have united and hired an attorney to call upon the town of Mosfellsbær and government health authorities to shut the place down.

Ásgeir Pétursson, who owns the farm, dismissed these complaints. He said that he has invested a lot of money into ensuring that his mink farm is environmentally sound. Furthermore, he claims he has been unaware of any complaints from the neighbours until DV brought them to his attention.

Minks in Iceland, as elsewhere in the world, are bred for their fur. The DV article linked above shows a photo of the interior of the farmhouse itself.
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