After a visit from the Animal Liberation Front, a "game breeder" farm says
they will no longer sell pheasants.
Last week, the Animal Liberation Front took credit for releasing dozens of
pheasants from the Ash Grove Pheasant Farm in Riverside California. Now the
owners have announced they are out of the pheasant-breeding business altogether.
Co-owner Theresa Fitzgerald told the media this week that she will keep any
recaptured birds as "pets", but will no longer sell pheasants. While the
information is unconfirmed, it would appear the ALF effectively shut down the
Ash Grove Pheasant Farm.
The importance of fact-checking
It is not uncommon for animal businesses to feed disinformation to the public to
avoid being a target. There have been confirmed cases of this, such as fur farms
making false claims of closure to remove themselves from the public’s radar, and
animal researchers announcing the end to protocols that in fact continue using
less "cute" animals (e.g. replacing dogs with pigs).
There are only two ways to confirm with a high-degree of likelihood that this
farm is in fact out of the pheasant-breeding business:
An unannounced, on-site visit to the farm
The farm being removed from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Breeder" list. (The owners believe the Animal Liberation Front obtained
their address from this list.)
As to the former, this kind of visit will likely only happen if the ALF returns,
or other anonymous individuals visit the farm covertly for data-gathering
And the latter will only be verified when the state of California releases its
2014 list next year.
A (tentative) victory
As for now, it appears the ALF shut down the Ash Grove Pheasant Farm.