January 7, 2014
Read two FBI search warrants seeking evidence in mink farm raids.
When anonymous activists shut down a Colorado mink farm last month, it was no
surprise that no one was caught. In over 30 years of Animal Liberation Front
raids, there have been fewer than 40 arrests for nearly 1,500 actions.
That doesn't mean the FBI doesn't try. Two weeks ago, the FBI raided a home in
San Diego seeking evidence in the Colorado action. I am posting the warrant
below, as well as the warrant to search a vehicle in the Bay Area.
A few notes about the warrants:
There are two warrants: The first for a home in San Diego. The second for a
vehicle and "tracker warrant" in San Diego. Presumably the "tracker warrant"
refers to placing a tracking device on the vehicle.
They specifically seek evidence for charges of Animal Enterprise Terrorism.
While seemingly focused on the Craig, Colorado mink farm raid, they seek
evidence in any crimes committed between "July and November 2013." This was a
period that saw 10 mink releases nationwide.
They call for seizure of a laundry list of items from the Animal Liberation
Front’s toolbox, including wire-cutters, bolt-cutters, and gloves. It also calls
for literature related to fur farms and addresses of companies that use animals.
The second warrant indicates there were items stolen from the property of the
mink farm in Colorado, primarily guns. Not only would burglary of a home be far
outside the range of standard Animal Liberation Front protocol, fur farmers are
also frequently suspected of padding loss claims after ALF raids (presumably for
Download a PDF of the warrant
FBI search warrant investigating Colorado mink farm raid