on Aug 28, 2013
In yet another large action this
summer, 2,000 mink are released from a small farm in Illinois.
Local media is reporting 2,000 mink were released on August
14th from a fur farm in Morris, Illinois. Police state they
received a call at 5am on August 14th from the farm owned by Bob
Dodeghero. 2,000 mink had been released, two trucks had been
doused with paint stripper, and a barn had been spray painted
with "Liberation is love."
The farm is one of the smallest mink farms in the country. A
farm of its size (as shown in the photo below) is typical of a
farm that can hold somewhere in the range of 2,000 animals,
making it likely that every animal was freed.
Aerial view of the Morris, IL fur farm where 2,000 mink
The ALF’s "freedom summer" continues
This is the 6th major US action of the summer, which has seen
a horse slaughterhouse arson, two releases of birds from game
farms, and three releases of animals from fur farms.
All three fur farm raids have taken place in less than one
month. In late-July, as many as 4,800 mink were released from a
fur farm in Burley, Idaho. And earlier in August, the last
bobcat imprisoned at a Montana fur farm was released from its
This small wave of ALF fur farm activity comes after the
slowest period since the Animal Liberation Front began its fur
farm campaign in the mid-1990s. Last year, there was only
a single release of animals from a fur farm: The release of 13
foxes from a farm in Elkton, Virginia.
No claim of responsibility – yet
News of this action comes almost two weeks late, and it was
not known of publicly until a Morris, IL newspaper ran the story
today. No communique has (yet) been received, and there are no
known details beyond what is reported in the article. The fur
industry has (so far) remained quiet about the incident.