Posted by: WCFN | June 7, 2014

Wind farms: 1,600 miscarriages


2016 UPDATE : mink farm owner Kaj Bank Olesen speaks at a public meeting in Isenvad, November 25, 2015. View the video by Lars Fogh Iversen – English subtitles by


Danish mink farm
Above: Danish mink farm 

June 7th 2014

1,600 miscarriages at fur farm near wind turbines

Denmark: 1,600 animals were born prematurely at a mink farm last 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.


still-born minks
Above: some of the 1,600 minks born prematurely

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 the environment 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).

dead minks at Danish wind farm
Above: dead minks at Danish wind farm


mink injured  in a fight
Above: injured mink in a cage

Both mishaps 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).

deformed mink fetus

Above: a deformed mink foetus

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:


  • A moratorium on wind farms,
  • Comprehensive epidemiology studies,
  • 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.

Media contact:

Mark Duchamp
Chairman, WCFN
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(1) –

– Other article on the first mishap, with its translation, + video in Danish. And the veterinarian’s report, with its translation, on the second mishap, that of the miscarriages (May 2014). See: DOCUMENTS

(2) –

(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) –…

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  2. […] The negative effects of wind turbines are apparently not limited to dogs. The World Council for Nature reported an incident of more than 1,600 minks being born prematurely – many of them deformed – after a wind farm began operation approximately 350 yards away. ( […]

  3. […] the problems with the mink farm in Denmark you reference: The article acknowledges the damage and that a number of other possible causes (toxins, feed, etc) […]

  4. […] the problems with the mink farm in Denmark you reference: The article acknowledges the damage and that a number of other possible causes (toxins, feed, etc) […]

  5. […] curious reports along these lines came out of Denmark in 2014, when a breaking news story from the World Council for Nature went viral, and newspaper headlines around the world reported that 1,600 minks on a Denmark farm […]

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  8. […] Taiwan, an entire flock assumed dead from lack of sleep or sensitivity to the noise and ILFN, a mink farm with 1600 miscarriages, or some species experiencing birth deformities. It’s as far away from the picture of “Green, […]


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  13. These caused me to abandon my home and business. I got very very sick from a single 1.65 megawatt turbine placed 1600 feet behind my home. (not on my property) I was not by any means able to wait out proof of damage as there is only one lifetime available and there was and is no doubt whatsoever as to the cause of my debilatating migraines, spacial disorientation and tinnitis symphonies.
    this I know because when i left the area they stopped…. i ned no more proof. I lost my home, health and belief in the goodness of mankind.
    It is good to see this is being proven at last. Too many damages already… stop these damn things…. Sue Hobart, formerly of Falmouth Massachussetts. usa

  14. […] (1) Cooper study (released Jan 21 2015) (2) Neil D. Kelley study, (1985) (3) 1600 miscarriages at mink farm/ […]

  15. A year ago things were fine at the mink farm. This month there were 1600 born prematurely, many with deformities, and most stillborn. The only variable? Four slice-and-dicers.

  16. This news is quite shocking. It’s scandalous that minks are still farmed for fur, instead of using synthetic substitutes.

    What was the miscarriage rate before the turbines were put in? There is no control group. Without the control group, we have no way of knowing whether the 1600 miscarriages represents a significant change.

  17. […] Pierepoint. Recent reports from Taiwan suggest a flock of goats have suffered and another that mink at a farm in Denmark have been seriously effected raises a great number of questions. If animals are […]

  18. Hi Marshall,

    You complain “ .. That you would insinuate that I am not playing with a full deck, is offensive .. ” but if the cap fits!

    I’m surprised that you object to me referring to you as a “wind warrior” because I was using a term that I understand you used to describe yourself in a “ .. Comment by Marshall Rosenthal on 05/14/2014 at 9:21 am .. Dear Itasca, Permit me to momentarily step out of the role of wind warrior .. ” ( I’d be very surprised if that was a different Marshall Rosenthal but if so, what a coincidence.

    You boast that you are an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church, as though that was meant to impress me. It appears that anyone can become an ordained minister of the ULC ( “ .. We ordain ministers, priests, rabbis and clergy worldwide who are totally non-religious or even anti-religious .. ” ( Even an agnostic bordering on aetheism, as I am, could be ordained by the ULC.

    There is a Marshall Rosenthal listed in the ULC Directory of Ministers who says “ .. This I Believe: In the beauty and grace of the human spirit. That healing and miracles are available to all and that they are and shall be obtained through perfect service to the Creator .. ” ( Being an agnostic bordering on aetheism I am no more persuaded that this belief is well-founded than I am that:
    – wind turbines cause the serious health problems that are claimed by the likes of Mark Duchamp and his friends at the Waubra Foundation),
    – the social amnesia imposed upon you and your college friends in 1959 (the same year that Hensley and Ashmore founded the ULC) was caused by extra-terrestrial beings (,
    – transcendent power of healing and a shift in consciousness can lead to personal transformation and global evolution (

    I have so far found little about the ULC’s structure and governance other than who set it up in 1959 ( but having read what Wikipedia has to say about it ( and I can’t see me wasting any more time on further “due diligence”. I’d rather spend that time fighting the UN’s CACC scam, promoted by its IPCC.

    I certainly go along with the warning at the foot of the ULC’s web-pages “ .. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery .. ”.

    You say “ .. I sincerely hope that you study the WCFN referred links. Your skepticism should dissolve .. ”. I read the first two that Mark linked to and my scepticism remains intact.

    Best regards, Pete

    • Pete, you are trying to distract from the debate. Obviously, the 1,600 miscarriages are proof that large 3 MW wind turbines can cause tremendous harm to the health of all living things in the vicinity. So please, leave religious matters alone and concentrate on the subject at hand. You are only bringing discredit upon yourself by your attempt at creating a strawman.

      Another thing: you dismissed without giving any reason the remarkable work of the Waubra Foundation on the health effects of wind turbines. To anyone with half a brain, this means you are firmly pro-wind to the point of refusing to look at any evidence contrary to your obsession – or to your job.

      Then you contradict yourself, by saying you agree with my comments to Eric here above. If you really agreed with them, you would be against wind, and would not spend so much energy defending Vestas and other windscammers on the health issue. This shows you are playing a game of deception.

      As windfarm victims, we are accustomed to the weasel rhetoric of wind industry shills. So, don’t expect being able to pull wool over our eyes.

      A picture is worth a thousand words, and those in this article speak volumes.

  19. Fur farms should be banned to begin with.

    • Well Kathy we missed thát beginning didn´t we – så lets make sure that the animals isn´t terrorized by wind turbines.
      I live in Denmark, and 4 years ago, many mink farms were not ok. Then they cleaned up the business and the minks are more well treatet than the 25 million pigs we danes slaugther each year and sell to the chinese. Yes the minks die in the end, så does cows. pigs, chickens – yes we take the fur off as we do with cows and some pigs. Yes we do not actually eat them but we do use the meat for heating, biofuel etc.
      Lets face it – we harness minks and so lets face the real problem here

  20. It’s a good job that other forms of energy don’t do any harm to public health like massive impacts on air quality and release of particulates that increase respiratory problems around the world. Oh wait…

    • Eric,

      Your comment would make some sense if wind turbines DID reduce emissions of particulates. But reality shows the opposite. Not a single country in the world can boast a decrease in harmful emissions – particulates or whatever – thanks to wind farms.

      The reason? Wind turbines produce electricity intermittently and incrontrollably. As a result, they need to be backed up 24/7 by fossil fuel power plants, which emit MORE particulates etc. because they must frequently ramp up and down their production to dovetail the vagaries of the wind.

      Automobiles consume roughly twice as much gas in city traffic than they do on the highway. Similarly, fossil fuel power plants consume much more fossil fuels per kWh produced when wind turbines are added to a grid, because these cause havoc with large unexpected swings in their production. Remember that a variation in windspeed causes a variation in electricity production multiplied by a factor of about 7 on average.

      Add to this the double investment (wind farms + fossil fuel power plants) to produce the same amount of electricity as would the same number of fossil fuel power plants if they operated without the wind farms. Double investment means double pollution for nothing gained when manufacturing the wind turbines, the pylons and the cables, when bulldozing and excavating to install the turbines and build the access roads, etc., and when shipping and trucking the huge components. And all of this has to be repeated roughly every 20 years – the life expectancy of wind turbines. Finally, add the transportation and operation of maintenance crews to that long list of additional emissions caused by wind turbines.

  21. Deformities of animals happened in Japan too.
    Several years ago I wrote a report on the same kind of issue.

  22. Thank you very much indeed for your research. Mark. I wonder how much damage will have been caused to the world and its inhabitants before those who worship at the shrine of ‘clean green wind’ wake up to the immensity of the scam!

    At the weekend I was trying to talk to a representative of the RSPB, who didn’t want to know, except to quote examples of their feeble response to the threat posed to birds. I advised him to check your site, Save The Eagles International.

    He didn’t know that I don’t give up lightly. I’m trying to juggle too many different activities at the moment, but I’ll be back!

  23. Reblogged this on Cornwall Wind Watch and commented:
    Fur farming is pretty disgusting but the truth about LFN and its affects will get out. The claim that no stories about wind farms come out of Denmark is also bunkum.

  24. It seems to me that there is as much sound evidence that “noise” from those useless windmills causes ill health as there is that “wind warrior” Marshall is being monitored by beings from outer space ( or ” .. That healing and miracles are available to all .. ” (

    Just because Marshall is minded to ” .. think that the ILFNs (infra-sound and low frequency noise), usually inaudible, are the toxic cause of the breakdowns that happen to the body organs .. ” ( does not make it so.

    Can anyone point me to DEPENDABLE scientific research into the health effects of wind turbines?

    Best regards, Pete Ridley

    • The best place to look for dependable scientific research into the health effects of wind turbines is here:

    • Hi Pete. You asked for DEPENDABLE scientific research, as if government research and wind industry research were itself undoubted (whereas they are in fact, for self interest, thoroughly biased in favour of Wind).

      But anyway, here is some good, solid, no nonsense research you can bank on, that evidences adverse health effects from wind turbines:

      – Dr Bob Thorne’s case study:

      – Dr Nina Pierpont’s case series cross over study

      – Arra and Lynn Literature review, which found that every study showed evidence of human distress from wind turbine noise:

      – University of Waterloo study

      – And of course the Kelley research from 1985 and 1987, which is cited in the WCFN release above. And YES! these are government financed studies, from decades back, i.e. when science hadn’t been bought as yet.

      – Annoyance is regarded as an adverse health effect by the World Health Organisation – see this useful commentary by Carmen Krogh:

      – Even the NHMRC in Australia has found that health effects such as sleep disturbance, annoyance and impaired quality of life were found in the literature studies which met their exclusion criteria. The adverse health effects of sleep disturbance are very well known, and indeed sleep deprivation is used and acknowledged as a method of torture. The UN committee against torture had this to say:

      “The Committee against Torture (CAT) has noted that sleep deprivation used for prolonged periods constitutes a breach of the CAT, and is primarily used to break down the will of the detainee. Sleep deprivation can cause impaired memory and cognitive functioning, decreased short term memory, speech impairment, hallucinations, psychosis, lowered immunity, headaches, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety and depression.”

      I remind you that lack of sleep is the main health impairement factor affecting windfarm neighbors. And there are others.

      I hope this helps

    • Hi Pete,
      Although I have never met you, you have put us on a first name basis. First, let me say that the article in the Berkshire Eagle that you allude to, is truthful. That you would insinuate that I am not playing with a full deck, is offensive. I sincerely hope that you study the WCFN referred links. Your skepticism should dissolve. That I am an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church connotes that we fundamentally disagree, as you are free to do, on the presence of a Creator, and all of his wondrous works.
      I cannot expect a secular materialist, such as you are, to really understand what I am saying.

      Perhaps you will experience that miracle!

      Rev. Marsh

  25. Most of the screaming impact studies that emanate from the WG 2 section of the IPCC’s Assessment reports, are blaming CO2, Global Warming and Climate Change for present and future disasters on the basis of simulated computer programs and unproven hypotheses of the “science” section (WG 1).
    Here is a report, based on observation and evidence, that confirms many reports of serious health impacts of an energy scheme that is supposed to be the remedy for the presumed ills of carbon dioxide.
    May our elected brainwashed governments look up and pay attention to the harm, cost, and inefficiency of wind turbines.

  26. I have been aware for several years that the Infra-sound and Low Frequency Noise (ILFNs) produced as a waste product by mega-watt wind turbines is a threat to human health. Cardiac arrests induced in emus on a Newfoundland farm, in humans, reported in Toronto, and one that I am aware of in Vinelhaven, ME, that resulted in a resuscitation on board a medical helicopter, after the patient was without vital signs for fifteen minutes. These are places where large wind turbines were sited too close to homes. Other wind power neighbor victims have told me of their gamut of maladies after wind turbines began operating near their homes, including, sleep disruption, chronic fatigue, cognitive confusion, tinnitus, vertigo, nose bleeds, stomach aches in children whose schools are bombarded with ILFNs, and massive headaches. The anxious awakenings were accompanied by nightmarish dreams, as though the subconscious mind was desperately trying to warn the sleeper to escape the toxic and inimical ILFN effects on them. This is a concomitant of the FIGHT-FLIGHT-FREEZE response, which is hard wired into the human nervous system. We evolved this survival mechanism back when we roamed the savannahs of Africa, many millennia ago, to quickly perceive the moving source of ILFNs, as produced by a pride of hunting lions. If we scedadled fast enough, maybe climbed the tallest tree we could find, perhaps we would pass our genes along to future generations of humans. This is a reflex response to a MOVING source of ILFNs. The wind turbines are FIXED sources of IFLNs. This type of noise is MODULATED, that is, it varies in intensity with the changing windspeed. This Doppler-like effect is confusing to the sensory system. It is frightening to the sleeping mind. The person feels that they were under attack, hence the anxiety and stress. A cascade of stress hormones floods the brain. They include adrenaline, catecholamines, and cortisol. Serial awakenings of this sort can result in organ shutdown, arhythmias, exhaustion, spontaneous abortion of late term fetus, and the triggering of diabetes, a metabolic abnormality. The last two were reported in Clear Creek, Ontario. Some individuals have, in their hopeless state, attempted suicide with pharmaceuticals, and some have, sadly, succeeded.
    I agree with Mark Duchamp that wind power developers and their government supporters should be prosecuted for human rights abuse. This cannot begin to happen soon enough.
    The government supporters of bogus “renewable” energy are pushing to make dissent, such as ours, a criminal offense.
    I think that the race is on to rescue humanity from their insane idiocy.
    As long as the inmates are allowed to run the asylum we are all at risk.

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