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:
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
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