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World Council for Nature — 1,600 Miscarriages at Fur Farm next to Wind Turbines

Denmark: 1,600 animals were born prematurely at a mink farm this month. Many had deformities, and most were dead on arrival. The lack of eyeballs was the most common malformation. Veterinarians ruled out food and viruses as possible causes. The only thing different at the farm since last year has been the installation of four large wind turbines only 328 meters away.

The wind farm consists of four 3 MW turbines, VESTAS model V112, reaching out to 140 meters in height at the tip of the blades. When they became operative last fall, a first mishap was reported by the mink farmer, who was heard about it at a parliamentary committee on wind farms in January this year (1). The World Council for Nature (WCFN) reported the incident earlier: “In Denmark, which is the EU’s leader in mink farming, millions of Danish kroners were lost in damaged pelts when wind turbines started to operate near a mink farm. The animals became aggressive, attacking one another, and resulting in many deaths” (2).

Both incidents are alarming, as they constitute definite proof that wind turbines are harmful to the health of animals living in their vicinity. And they are not the only ones. In the letter mentioned above, WCFN quoted more of them, all leading to the conclusion that low frequency vibrations emitted by wind turbines can cause serious ill-effects on health, including altered behaviour, deformities, miscarriages and premature births (2).

It goes without saying that humans are exposed to the same risks. In view of this new evidence, lying to the public pretending that wind turbines are harmless to people becomes a criminal act. Politicians, and wind industry shills who, like often-quoted Mike Barnard or Simon Chapman, deny the risks to health, are now liable to be successfully sued by wind farm victims. And so are governments, as they still refuse to measure infrasound emitted by modern wind turbines.

It is indeed criminal to deny health risks where there is so much evidence, starting with official studies published in the 1980’s, which have been shelved to protect the wind industry (3). Dr Sarah Laurie, CEO of the Waubra Foundation, wrote: “Dr Kelley and his co researchers at the Solar Energy Research Institute in the US, closely connected with the US Department of Energy and NASA, identified in 1985 that the source of the annoyance for the residents living near a single downwind bladed turbine was “impulsive infrasound and low frequency noise, which resonated within the building structures” ” (4).

The wind industry, their friends in government, and self-serving professionals benefitting indirectly from the huge subventions, all have been denying any health problem linked to wind farms. But there is now sufficient evidence to warrant:

  1. A moratorium on wind farms,
  2. Comprehensive epidemiology studies,
  3. Quantification of vibrations emitted by wind turbines, as measured inside the homes of resident neighbours, at night, on windy days, encompassing all frequencies down to 0.1 Hz.

Short of taking these health-saving measures, governments will be liable to be sued for damages, and criminal charges could be laid against decision makers.

The World Council for Nature hopes that the political class will take this public health issue seriously, more so than that of wildlife conservation, for instance. We have denounced before that governments are letting over 100 million birds and bats be sacrificed annually on the altar of this expensive, intermittent energy of doubtful practical value (5). So we can only pray that human health will receive more consideration from our leaders.

A second article from Denmark and a  veterinarian’s report are now available here:  http://wcfn.org/media/documents-re-mink-farm-disaster/ with translations.

Media contact:

Mark Duchamp
Chairman, WCFN
+34 693 643 736



(1) – www.maskinbladet.dk/artikel/tidligere-miljominister-vil-aendre-vindmollebekendtgorelse

(2) – wcfn.org/2014/03/31/windfarms-vertebrates-and-reproduction

(3) – Kelley, N et al, 1985 “Acoustic Noise associated with Mod 1 Turbine; its source, impact and control”
Kelley, N 1987 “A Proposed Metric for Assessing the Potential of Community Annoyance from Wind Turbine Low-Frequency Noise Emissions”
Hubbard, H 1982 “Noise Induced House Vibrations and Human Perception” (1982) 19:2 Noise Control Engineering Journal 49

(4) – waubrafoundation.org.au/resources/laurie-s-wind-turbine-noise-adverse-health-effects-and…

(5) – wcfn.org/2014/05/21/bullet-news-3



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8 Comments on “World Council for Nature — 1,600 Miscarriages at Fur Farm next to Wind Turbines”

  1. sandcanyongal June 9, 2014 at 2:28 pm #

    I looked up electricity and miscarriages. There are references to stray voltage. Googlind stray voltage cows brings up all sorts of data.

    Stray voltage was originally thought of as something that only affected farm animals, e.g., cows, due to their prolonged periods of contact with the ground; however a southern California community in South Redondo Beach believes stray voltage is making families in their neighborhood ill. Power lines are located in the immediate vicinity of their homes and an electrical substation, cleverly hidden by hedges, is located in the middle of the neighborhood.

    Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/035885_miscarriages_EMF_electropollution.html##ixzz34ASHQU95


  2. henk daalder July 7, 2014 at 10:37 am #

    There is proof that wind turbine sound is harmless for people.
    millions of millers have lived and worked in a wind mill, that produced the same noise as current day modern turbines. But much louder than people get at 400 m distance
    And there is no miller sickness known.

    Same proof is delivered by hundreds of farmers that live with their family, near the turbine on their farm yard.
    No sick farmer families that live in turbine noise.
    So whatever effect, there is no health risc in turbine noise.

    • Donna Quixote July 30, 2014 at 7:27 am #

      First of all Henk, we’re not talking about the audible sound caused by wind turbines that create illness. It’s the infrasound — the subsonic waves that you can’t hear, that mess with the body’s functions and rhythms that cause all sorts of illnesses in people who are sensitive to those waves. Also a wind”MILL” is nothing like an industrial wind turbine that can be as tall as 500 feet. As for host farmers that don’t report getting sick, all of them have gag clauses included in their contracts that prevent them from speaking about any ill effects. Also, many landowners don’t even live on the land they rent out to the wind industry, at least here in Ontario, so of course they’re not going to feel any effects.


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