December 14, 2007
BELOIT, Wis. - A mink farm targeted by animal rights activists in 1998
has closed after 70 years in business.
About 2,100 mink were harvested for their fur on Brown's Mink Ranch
this week, and another 1,800 were sold for breeding stock. The farm
In 1998, animal rights activists released nearly 3,000 mink, resulting
in the loss of 700 of the animals, most killed on the highway, Gary
"The ones who came back were sick and dehydrated," he said. "I don't
know how you call that freedom. We got phone calls for three weeks
from people who were finding our mink."
Similar incidents occurred at mink ranches near Middleton and Kimball,
Minn., around the same time.
In 2006, Wisconsin led the nation in mink production, with 68 farms,
according the National Agriculture Statistics Service.
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