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Fur industry reward for farm raiders plummets by 95%

By Peter Young on Oct 11, 2013

As fur farm raids surge, the Fur Commission's reward for the ALF drops from $100,000 to $5,000.

The Fur Commission's announcement of their new bounty on fur farm raiders fell a little flat this week with the punchline: The reward is only $5,000.

In the 1990s, when myself and many others were targeting fur farms, the price on our heads was $100,000. This amount was put up by fur farmers and related companies nationwide, and was a hefty reward for any crime, especially one that just amounted to cut fences and opened cages. The reward terms stated that anyone who provided information that led to the arrest of a person involved in a mink or fox release would be paid $100,000.
Headline from 2003

The $100,000 reward remained as late as 2008. Yet as fur farm rescues became less and less frequent, the reward seemed to vanish - or at least wasn't publicized.

This week, the Fur Commission announced their "ALF bounty" was back, with a minor adjustment: The amount has plummeted by 95%, and was now a mere $5,000.

Headline from 2013

While the Fur Commission USA is stating publicly their new focus is "farm security," this new bounty makes quite the opposite statement - and does so in a very public way. One would think that the group tasked with protecting its members would incentivize informants with something a little more substantial.
One would also think that as raids surged, such a reward would increase, not go down by 95%. What's the message here?

Good news for aspiring informants: You can now permanently trade in your dignity for something that will buy you a 10-year old used car.

Rebecca Rubin to plead guilty to freeing horses and setting fires at wild horse corrals

By Peter Young on Oct 11

ALF prisoner to plead guilty to freeing horses, setting fires at two government wild horse corrals.

Earlier this year, Rebecca Rubin turned herself in after 7 years on the run. She was wanted for Animal Liberation Front and Earth Liberation Front arsons as part of what was dubbed the "Green Scare case", in which 13 people were charged with nearly 20 fires.

This week, Rebecca Rubin plead guilty to participating in and/or planning four arsons:

1997: Freeing 400 wild horses and setting fire to a U.S. Bureau of Land management corral in Burns, Oregon. (Claimed by the Animal Liberation Front)

1998: Participating in the planning of a fire at a Vail ski resort in Colorado.

1998: Fire at the headquarters of U.S. Forest Industries in Medford, Oregon (claimed by the Earth Liberation Front)

2001: Freeing horses and setting fire to a BLM horse and burro corral at Litchfield, California. (Claimed by the Animal Liberation Front)

Rubin was a fugitive for 7 years. Reportedly, she was set to turn herself in as early as 2009, however prosecutors would not agree to any plea agreement that did not involve Rubin implicating her codefendants, which Rubin refused to do.

According to her plea agreement, the government will not ask the judge for a sentence longer than 7.5 years. Her sentencing is set for Jan. 27

Of the 13 charged, two remain fugitives: Joseph Dibee and Josephine Sunshine Overaker.

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