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September 26, 2014
An animal-rights activism group raided an Anamosa fox farm this week and
attempted to release foxes from the property, officials said.
The group, Animal Liberation Front, claimed responsibility for the act through a
"To be clear, our mission extends far beyond fur. We aim to eradicate all
animal-exploitation industries -- meat, dairy, egg, animal research, and beyond.
We encourage the public to adopt a vegan diet first; raid farms second," the
At about 2 a.m. Friday, Robert Roman, 56, of Anamosa, called authorities and
said someone cut through his fence and left a mess. Multiple pens were opened to
release the foxes, though most of them did not leave. Officers found two loose
foxes and returned them to Ronan.
Ronan told the sheriff's office that his name and address are listed on the
Animal Liberation Front website, and that he believes an act like this will
occur again. About 300 foxes are housed at the farm
Jones County Sheriff Greg Graver said it can be difficult to find a suspect for
these type of crimes.
"It's extremely hard on something like this," Graver said. "It's usually not
someone from your area, and so a lot of times there's limited physical
In 2004, the same organization claimed responsibility for vandalizing University
of Iowa's Seashore Hall and Spence Laboratories by stealing animals, damaging
computers and dumping chemicals.