What is clear is that the number of animals and birds culled in recent times is both staggering and tragic, with some culls in the tens of millions. Maybe the most well publicised was the mink industry in 2020.
No region of the world has been left unscathed, culls have happened throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and Latin America and the Middle East. The list goes on-and-on, highlighting the biosecurity risks in the industries where both domesticated animals and exotic wildlife is farmed.
One of the things that these culls have in common is that farmers have no insurance to cover these disruptions to trade, because, in the main, insurance companies won’t cover animal production.
Over the years farmers around the world, from Australia to Europe to North America, have expected governments to compensate them for this type of disruption to trade. As taxpayers, we are all in at the cull.