From the World Council for Nature — June 23, 2014
Mink farm in the news, again
The fur farmer Kaj Bank Olesen now complains that, when the wind blows from the South West (where the nearby wind turbines are), mother minks attack their own puppies – those that were born healthy after the 1,600 miscarriages of last month (1). As a result of their wounds, over twenty puppies had to be put down, and 40 put in observation. Mr Olesen, the owner and operator of the farm, made a short video showing the large wound inflicted to a young mink:
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Online news agency BREITBART reported on this new mishap, the third one since the wind turbines started to operate in September 2013:
The news last fall of the first incident – minks attacking each other – was published by two Danish newspapers (1). That of the second tragedy, last month – the 1,600 miscarriages – was only covered outside Denmark (2). It’s not surprising: the wind industry is arguably the little kingdom’s first employer and exporter, and its influence is felt everywhere in Denmark, e.g. in the media, in government, and in scientific circles such as universities (3). Thus, by not publishing the shocking story, editors effectively protected the giant multinational company VESTAS, which manufactures wind turbines.
But this changed last Saturday, when local media AOH.Dk published online an article about the Olesen fur farm: “It happened two weeks ago. Minks began to bite their puppies and each other” writes the author Jesper Wind (4). He then makes reference to the earlier tragedy: “… since they [the wind turbines] began to spin last fall, the number of stillbirths and deformed puppies increased fivefold, says Kaj Olesen Bank.” And the article continues: “The proportion of females that refused to mate has quadrupled as compared to last year, when there were no wind turbines behind his mink farm.”
The AOH article ends by an invitation to read more on the story in the printed newspaper Herning Folkeblad, which covers news from central Jutland (5). So the news is well out of the bag now: it can no longer be ignored, published as it is by Danish media and going viral on the Net. Actually, mainstream editors from the rest of the world may still decide to hush it up, in spite of the deleterious implications such a decision would have on public health. But WCFN doesn’t think they would do something so unethical.
Scientific evidence has been accumulating since the eighties, proving that low-frequency vibrations emitted by wind turbines are harmful. Vested interests still react by asserting that the Wind Turbine Syndrome is “all in the head” – i.e. a nocebo effect. But this dubious argument no longer gets any traction when we see animals being affected, becoming aggressive, developing deformities, or even dying en masse (6) when exposed 24h a day to heavy doses of these vibrations.
The wind industry and their friends in government are highly embarrassed by the news WCFN broke to the world earlier this month: 1,600 miscarriages at fur farm near wind turbines/
Hence the efforts to hide it, just as “they”covered up the true extent of the massacres of raptors, swallows, swifts and bats. Sadly, the mainstream media have often helped industrial and political interests to hush up inconvenient news. But this is a different kettle of fish: if wind turbines can cause deformities in minks, sheep, cattle and horses (7), they can obviously cause similar effects in human populations living near them. It would be downright criminal to hide this from the public.
Mark Duchamp +34 693 643 736
Chairman, World Council for Nature
(1) – WCFN press release of June 7th, breaking the news to the world:
1,600 miscarriages at mink farm near wind turbines
(2) – The news of the 1,600 miscarriages goes viral on the Internet:
(3) – Highly competent, honest, impartial professor Henrik Moller sacked from Aalborg University;
(4) – Danish article in AOH.Dk – 21 June 2014:
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(6) – Death of 400 goats in Taiwan – BBC:
(7) – Deformities in horses, sheep, cattle, etc.
And more (from Sherri Lange — NAPAW)
“More documentation has been published about the case of abortions, stillbirths, newborn minks with malformations, furious behavior etc. after in the autumn 2013 four wins turbines were started up close to Kaj Bank Olesens home and mink farm in Vildbjerg, Mid Jutland, the closest only about 350 meters from the mink farm. Both Kaj and his wife have annoying symptoms, but the minks, a few hours after the wt’s were activated, reacted fear, panic and severe aggressions and stress. The bitches killed their puppies and also each other in scores. Kaj Bank Olesen is an experienced mink farmer for 25 years, never having problem of this kind before the turbines came up. He started with 10 bitches and now has 4 500. After the wt’s started the number of puppies per bitch has fallen from 5,6 to 4,3 pr year. The number of barren bitches has increased from 5 – 10 % to now 21,5 %, and even to 49 % for those closest to the wt’s. The earlier annual number of stillbirths was 370 per year, but is this spring minimum 1661 (an unknown number are eaten by the panicked bitches).
The veterinary examinations still go on. The owners of the WT’s (Wind Estate A/S in Randers, Jutland, not surprisingly says that the wt’s are not the cause. One of the politicians in the Herning Community Council has demanded the Mayor til start an investigation.”