Tenth Fur Farm Liberation This Summer!
250 or More Mink Liberated in Grand Meadow, Minnesota
Sep 30, 2013
In a communique
received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, a lone activist
took credit for the 10th US fur farm release in two months. In the latest
action, at least 250 mink were freed from the Myhre Mink Farm, in Grand Meadow,
The communique reads, in full:
On October 7th, an individual working alone emptied a mink shed at the
Myhre Mink Farm on Highway 16 in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. At least 250
fur-bearers ran to the lake directly behind the property. These animals
needed very little help to freedom. As the cages were being unlatched,
many of the individuals pawed it open themselves to make a dash. They are
not domesticated and their spirits are not broken. Many of these mink
screeched loudly at the sight of human hands, having only known the
murderous hands of Einar Myhre. The only thing keeping these animals
imprisoned is our own fear and a simple latch on a cage. A wild existence
for them is only feet away. Make animal liberation a reality.
This is the ninth U.S. fur farm raid of the year. This level of activity
has not been seen for nearly twenty years.
To the fur farmers of the world, we have nothing to say to you. We offer
only this prayer: The rest is secrets. Silence now. If night has
fallen, sleep well.
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 all known fur farm locations in North
America, is available on the Press Office website home page at
Contact: (213) 640-5048
Animal Liberation Press Office
3371 Glendale Blvd. #107
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Unprecedented wave of mink liberations continues with a fur farm hit in Grand
In what is now the 9th fur farm raid in just over three months, nearly 500 mink
were set free from a small mink farm in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. Details are
sparse, but sometime Sunday night approximately half of the farm’s reported
stock of 1,000 mink were set free.
Farms being raided across the country
The US fur farming industry is under a total siege right now, with farms being
raided across the country.
Friday night, 2,000 mink were set free from Bonlander Furs in New Holstein,
Wisconsin. In the weeks prior, additional animals have been set free from fur
farms in Idaho, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Iowa, Ohio, Montana, and Utah.
Most raids not claimed by the Animal Liberation Front
The Animal Liberation Front has take credit for three of the actions, while the
rest have gone either unclaimed, or were claimed without naming a group
Farms that existed in secret now being targeted
Farms that have operated in secret for sometimes decades are being raided in
these latest overnight actions. Seven of the nine farms in this surge have had
their addresses made public only in the past two years.
Multiple groups at work
In the past fur industry spokespersons have attempted to downplay raids
happening in quick succession by claiming they were the work of a single group
an "eco-terrorist road trip." They will have a hard time conforming that story
to what we’re seeing now: mink releases happening across the country, with a
geographical range that would make it extremely unlikely this is the work of a
Fur industry fails to secure its farms
While the Fur Commission USA has shifted its focus from public relations to
"farm security," it has totally failed at this task. Week after week, the Animal
Liberation Front has entered farms, released animals, and gotten out without a
single arrest this summer.
The most exciting ALF offensive in many years is underway. With pelting season
still two months away, this campaign may not even be close to finished.