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Captive Foxes in Anamosa, Iowa Liberated by ALF

September 29, 2014

Captive Foxes in Anamosa, Iowa Liberated by Animal Liberation Front

In a communique received by the Animal Liberation Press Office, anonymous activists have taken credit for attempting the liberation of at least 30 captive foxes from an Iowa fur farm, foxes destined to be killed shortly so that their skins can be sold to the fashion industry.

The communique speaks for itself, and reads in full:
"The Animal Liberation Front is taking responsibility for the release of 30 foxes from a fur farm in Anamosa, Iowa in the late-evening of Thursday, September 25th 2014. 10 years after the 2004 raid of the University of Iowa, the ALF has returned to east-central Iowa. The farm targeted was:

Robert Roman
23778 Fairview Road
Anamosa, IA 52205

The majority of fencing on the farm's east and west sides were stripped away. The fencing on the north was enveloped in heavy brush and unlikely to be a point of passage, while the south abutted a shed retrofitted with living quarters, with lights on and a car outside, indicating we were not alone.

An advantage of releasing foxes over mink is that foxes are silent. As a result, the proximity of fox pens to a farmer's house is irrelevant, as we have shown. Future visitors to fox farms should be aware that foxes are extremely timid. Unlike mink they should be encouraged to exit their cages as a vital ingredient of any fox rescue.

A point worth repeating: This entire action required $40 in gas, $20 in tools, and only a few hours to execute.

The past two years has seen a tenfold increase in the number of known fox farm addresses. The animal liberation movement is now in an unprecedented position to wipe out fox farming in the United States. Fox farms represent the softest of targets for these reasons:

Fox farms are small, with animal numbers usually in the dozens.
Foxes are silent (mentioned above).

Foxes are rarely a primary income source for farmers, who can be more easily persuaded to discontinue fox farming.
There are under 150 fox farms known to exist.
Foxes are genetically wild. There is a large and thriving wild fox population in Iowa. We encourage the media to maintain their professional integrity by seeking comment from actual wildlife biologists about the survivability of farm-raised fox, not fur farmers or their trade groups.

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.

A final message to activists: The ALF doesn't need your passive support. We need your active participation.

-Animal Liberation Front
Dedicated to accused mink rescuers currently under federal indictment in the United States, and activists making history in Eastern Europe."

[Press Office note: Imprisoned in cages for life, or mercilessly trapped with painful leghold traps in the wild, fur-bearing animals killed to make unnecessary fashion statements are forced to endure intensive confinement, compared to the miles of territory these still-wild animals would enjoy in their natural state. The natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated; self-mutilation, sickness, infection, poor sanitation and the sheer stress of confinement lead animals in captivity to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing, then skinned. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined for a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of liberationists is to cause economic damage to fur retailers and farms; dozens of stores and fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since "Operation Bite Back" began by the Animal Liberation Front in the 1990s.

Those concerned with the truth should not be misled by claims of those with economic interests, for instance ridiculous stories that the animals released are domesticated and unable to survive in the wild, or that the animals voluntarily returned to their cages, or that they were immediately run over by automobiles or eaten by household pets. Scientific studies have validated that these animals remain genetically wild and are able to survive in a wide range of habitats.

The Animal Liberation Front and other anonymous activists utilize economic sabotage in addition to the direct liberation of animals from conditions of abuse and imprisonment to halt needless animal suffering. By making it more expensive to trade in the lives of innocent, sentient beings, they maintain the atrocities against our brothers and sisters are likely to occur in smaller numbers; their goal is to abolish the exploitation, imprisonment, torture and killing of innocent, non-human animals. A copy of the Final Nail, a listing of known fur farms in North America, is available from the Press Office website at]

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