Animal Protection > Worldwide Actions > United States
The War on Mink Oil Gets Results

Wall Street Journal
November 22, 2013
By Tom Gara

Animal rights activists have a hard enough time coming to terms with the fact people farm mink for their fur. But what seems to have really driven one particularly radical group over the edge was the fact some are also using the adorable little furry fellows as a source of oil.

From the Animal Liberation Press Office last week:

In a well coordinated action during the second week of November, 263 jars of Kiwi mink oil sold in chain drug and big box stores were tampered with across the United States.

Fortunately for us, Kiwi does not use tamper proof seals. Each jar was opened and a small amount of cyanic acid added. They were then placed back on the shelves in Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens, and other stores.

What's the plan here? Kiwi brand mink oil is sold as a product that waterproofs and conditions leather goods.

"Those who use this product will not die like the animals caged on fur farms," the activists wrote. "The cyanic acid will cause a severe burn and eat through the leather products it is applied to."

The action is getting results. Consumer products maker S.C. Johnson & Son has told retailers to pull all the Kiwi-branded products containing mink oil off their shelves, and as the WSJ reports today, they won't return until they contain an alternative to natural mink oil.

S.C. Johnson, a privately held company based in Racine, Wis., also makes Ziploc bags, Windex cleaners and Raid insecticides. It acquired the Kiwi shoe-care brand from the former Sara Lee Corp. in 2011, and since then "has been working to align the products with the standards and values" of S.C. Johnson, spokeswoman Jam Stewart said.

Those efforts, she said, include a plan to stop using natural mink oil as an ingredient.

The items with mink oil, which represented only a small product line, will no longer be sold and will be replaced with the reformulated versions down the road, Ms. Stewart said.

See also: S.C. Johnson Pulls Kiwi Mink Oil After Animal Rights Threat – WSJ [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 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]

"263 jars of Kiwi Mink Oil have been reported contaminated with cyanic
acid. Walmart, CVS and Walgreens have suffered the strategic attacks,
according to The Wall Street Journal."

Animal rights activists contaminate SC Johnson's Kiwi Mink Oil with cyanic acid

Like us on FaceBook:
Find us on Twitter:

Fair Use Notice and Disclaimer
Send questions or comments about this web site to Ann Berlin,