Historically, June is the beginning of 'fur farm raiding season', when
mink born in March mature to a state where they can be liberated. To
prepare, the Fur Commission USA is distributing a two-page document titled
'Trespass Season Is Coming. Are You Ready?', to help mink farmers prepare
for possible raids by the Animal Liberation Front.
The concern over
ALF raids is well-warranted. Since 1995, there have been over 90 raids on
fur farms across the US. A (well-done) chart included in the flier traces
the rise and fall of ALF fur farm raids, from the peak of 1997 and 1998, to
a whole year without a documented action in 2006, to another small surge in
2008 (and 2011, not shown in the chart).
These are some of the more
interesting notes from the document:
*The flier instructs fur farmers
that 'we must be on guard from June to October, the period ALF's The Final
Nail calls the 'window of time advisable for fur farm liberations'.'
*It instructs fur farmers to report any suspicious activity to the FCUSA for
their 'Neighborhood Watch Report'.
*Quote: 'Should your farm be hit
by terrorists, call 911. This is an emergency.' Second, farmers are
instructed to call their breeder's association to solicit other farmers to
round up mink; and third, to call the Fur Commission USA directly at
*Especially interesting, the Fur Commission offers
these resources directly to law enforcement:
'' A Neighborhood Watch
Report detailing suspicious activities, license plates, and 'criminal acts'.
' A large library of documents on animal rights and eco-terrorism in the
Press Kit section of the FCUSA website and in a password-protected section.
' A 'Netwatch e-mail news service of articles, press releases and alerts
relating to eco-terrorism'.
Here is a full scan of the flier (click