MINK fur fake eyelashes made famous by celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian are reportedly on sale in the UK for as little as £4.
The lashes on sale are boasted to be "super fluffy" and made of the "best premium material" despite the growing crisis of coronavirus on mink farms.
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Liverpool-based Tatti Lashes boasts its 3D Luxury Mink Eyelashes have been seen on celebritiessuch as Khloe, Ariana Grande, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, reports the Mirror.
Falseyeslash.co.uk sells pairs for as little as £3.99.
And then Beauty Bay sells its Opulence Lite mink lashes, made by US firm Lily’s Lashes, for £20.
The firm boasts its lash product is designed with "super fine mink hairs" with an "effortless natural finish".
Tatti Lashes has said it is taking “drastic steps” to stop selling mink eyelashes by creating synthetic alternatives.
Doll Beauty dropped claims that its eyelashes made from mink hair were "cruelty-free" after a complaint to the Advertising Standards Authority.
But the firm still sells the beauty product for £10.
Lick Lashes claims its £10 mink lashes are a "huge hit" with "make-up artists around the UK".
Falseeyelashes.co.uk said it hopes to be completely mink-free by early 2021.
Paul Healey of Moving Animals, which carried out the investigation into mink lashes, said: “Shoppers will be horrified to learn that products on sale in the UK are still profiting from the cruel fur industry by selling mink fur products.
“Denmark’s discovery of a mutation of the coronavirus on their mink fur farms should be the final wake-up call for these brands and retailers to stop selling fur altogether.”
Denmark's government has started culling 15million animals at more than 1,100 lucrative mink farms.
The country's Prime Minister warned the coronavirus strain "could pose a risk that future vaccines won't work" as she announced strict measures in the Jutland region.
Denmark’s State Serum Institute – which deals with infectious diseases – has found mink-related versions of coronavirus in 214 people since June, according to a report on its website.
However, the more infectious strain of the mutated coronavirus – which sparked the cull – has to date only been found in 12 people and on five mink farms.
Danish officials have said that this mutation does not cause a more severe illness in humans – but that it is not inhibited by antibodies to the same degree as the normal virus.
Lab tests and preliminary studies suggest that antibodies in people infected with Covid-19 were less effective in inhibiting the strain – which the report calls "Cluster 5".
Of the 12 people infected with this mutated strain, 11 are from the North Jutland region including four who were connected to three of the farms where the strain was found.
The Institute calls the findings “worrying” and says that further studies will continue.
“The best way to get rid of this variant is generally to slow down the spread of infection,” the report reads.
Mutations making the virus less sensitive to antibodies have been a concern for “a long time” but remained theoretical until this week.
The coronavirus evolves constantly and, to date, there is no evidence that any of the mutations pose an increased danger to people.
It comes as the world continues to race for a vaccine, with hopes the bug could be finally beaten in 2021.
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