Dec 24, 2013
In the spring of 2013, Wisconsin media picked up the story of mink reportedly
stolen from a mink farm. All indicators are that it was a theft for profit, and
not the work of animal liberators.
This alert reveals a second, similar theft from an Idaho farm. In this "theft,"
600 mink went missing from cages. This incident was never picked up by the
media, and is first being made public in this alert.
The alert states this about the missing mink:
"It is possible, but unlikely to be animal rights related."
Taking the mink (vs. releasing them) does not fit the usual model of a raid by
activists. However it cannot be ruled out this was a well-orchestrated raid in
which animals were taken off-site and released to prevent against the usual high
percentage of recaptured animals.
"Fur Commission USA
Security Alert - Mink kits being stolen
June 7, 2013
As many farmers are aware, a ranch in Wisconsin claimed that over 300 mink kits
were stolen from the pens. All were reportedly blue iris and had not yet
been weaned. Thursday night a rancher in Idaho reported over 600 black mink
missing from the farm. These mink were weaned and able to walk to a food plate.
The perpetrators were familiar with mink farming as the kits were taken only
from certain rows in certain sheds and were chosen because of their individual
characteristics. Both ranches are AD-free
Law enforcement is investigating both cases, but Fur Commission USA urges all
ranchers to take extra security measures and to take special care in making
accurate kit counts. The perpetrators may be other ranchers stocking with AD
clean mink, or may be acting as agents for foreign breeders. It is possible, but
unlikely to be animal rights related. Please report any suspicions to Fur
Commission USA, which will pass all information to law enforcement agents. There
is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those involved in
the Idaho robbery.
Fur Commission USA"