Owner announces the farm will close after every animal is released at a small
Colorado mink farm
"I won't be doing the mink anymore. I can't afford to… get back into it. I'm
really tired of fighting." - mink farm owner Doyle Checketts
In a communique received by
Bite Back, the Earth Liberation Front claimed responsibility for releasing
200 mink Thursday night from the only known fur farm in Colorado. The owner of
the farm immediately announced the farm would shut down.
"We're done. I'm too old to start again." - farm owner Doyle Checketts
Existence of farm first made public just 3 days ago
The raid comes just 72 hours after the existence of the farm was first made
public in an article headlined
Moffat County mink farm relocation proposal causing a stink. The article,
published Tuesday, covered resistance to the farm's attempt to expand on a new
property. Prior to the article, there were no known fur farms in the state.
While the article did not list the farm's address, it did offer several clues to
the farm's location, including the name of it's owner. This raid is a testimony
to both the investigative ability and quick action of animal liberators, who
located a farm within 72 hours with only a name, and then shut it down.
The communique revealed the exact address to be 622 Valley View Drive in rural
Moffat County, 8 miles west of Craig, Colorado.
Address of future mink farm location also revealed
The ELF also determined the property where the farm had applied to relocate, and
published it in their communique as:
35591 North Hwy 13
The owner of this property, James Gore, states he still intends to open a mink
farm on this property, despite the closure of the farm that was attempting to
With Animal Liberation Front (and Earth Liberation Front) so quick to raid newly
discovered farms, and the ELF publicizing this address in their communique, the
odds are very much against James Gore in opening this farm without intervention
from animal liberators.
A quarter of the mink remain free
While figures directly from fur farmers are never to be trusted, the owners
reported that 50 of the 200 mink remain free as of Friday.
Losses estimated at $250,000
The raid caused a massive amount of financial damages for a release of only 200
animals. While the value of their pelts was estimated at only $10,000, the
farmer had a contract to sell the breeding stock to a Danish company for
$250,000. Because the breeding stock have intermixed with non-breeding stock,
and the farmer can no longer tell them apart, he is unable to sell them as
breeding stock and is out a quarter of a million dollars.
Fur farm siege continues
This hugely successful raid comes after
9 previous fur farm raids in four months, the biggest surge of activity
since the 1990s. The last animal release occurred in early October, when a lone
activist took credit for releasing 450 mink from a farm in Minnesota. Additional
liberations took place in Montana, Idaho, Utah, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio,
With only a name in a newspaper article to work with, courageous individuals
were able locate a mink farm in less than three days, and shut it down in one
"On the night of November 14th, the Earth Liberation Front visited the
previously unknown Colorado mink farm of Monte Ages, located at 622 Valley View
Drive in Moffat County. This is one of the smallest mink farms in operation, so
opening nearly every cage took very little time. The mink understood our mission
and quite literally flew to the ground to make a dash for freedom. To cause the
deranged Mr. Ages more financial trouble, breeding cards were removed and strewn
about, and thrown in the piles of mink waste.
Michael Whelan will offer the same tired lies in response to this action. He
advises farmers to 'sympathize with the poor, lost animals.' The lost wild
animals who are now able to move freely, who will no longer be subject to
Michael and his friends preferred methods of execution in the pelting season
just two weeks away.
The truth is that mink are not domesticated. They are captive bred, and only for
the quality of their pelts. Mink are aquatic animals who are solitary in the
wild and travel several miles per day. The surrounding area of Moffat County is
pristine wildlife habitat. The ones who escaped this wildlife prison will now
live out their lives along the Little Snake and Yampa Rivers.
Mr. Ages has plans to move and expand his operation to 35591 North Hwy 13 in the
town of Craig. This will not be tolerated. Your dreams of despoiling Northwest
Colorado, contaminating our drinking water, and exploiting native american
wildlife will turn into a nightmare. There will be consequences when darkness
We send a salute to those courageous few who continue to fight alongside the
earth and animals, even as your work is overshadowed by the bloggers, video
editors, and all manner of self-aggrandizing activists."
[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.
The Animal Liberation Front utilizes 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, the ALF 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 on the Press Office website at