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Peter Young Support Demo - Nov.8th

As bad as it could get, it will never be as bad as it was for those mink, I would do it all over again." - Peter Young

Animal Liberation Prisoner Peter Young will have his last court date on November 8th and will appear for sentencing in Madison Wisconsin. Altogether, Peter's involvement led to the release of approximately 10,000 mink who would have otherwise been brutally murdered for their fur. Several fur farmers will be present at this court date to tell the judge how Peter ruined their livelyhood by liberating the mink on their farms. Show your support for Peter and the countless number of animals being brutally slaughtered for their fur.
He's in there for the animals, we're out here for him!
He's in there for the animals, we're out here for him!
Peter Young Support Demo, Portland OR

When: Portland OR, Tues. Nov. 8th @ NOON

Where: Meet at Schumacher Fur Store at 811 SW Morrison, Portland OR (corner of 9th and Morrison).
We will then be going to other Fur Stores AND Fur Farms in Support of Peter.

Tuesday's protests mean not only to shine light on the brutal realities of the fur industry, but are in solidarity with Peter Young who is scheduled to be sentenced the same day in Madison, WI for his alleged involvement in the release of thousands of mink from midwest fur farms in the late '90's. He has pled guilty to two counts of Animal Enterprise Terrorism
and is expected to be handed down the maximum sentence of two years, though initial charges threatened a maximum of eighty-two years. Young is thought to be responsible for the liberation of approximately ten thousand mink who would have otherwise suffered horrific deaths in the name of fashion, and for over one million dollars in losses to seven fur farms.

Before being apprehended in California earlier this year, Peter Young spent seven years on the run. Since his imprisonment Young has received support from animal and earth liberation supporters across the world.

If you can't make it, please pass the word along to a friend.

For more info about Peter and his case, visit:

homepage: homepage: http://www.supportpeter.com

SEND A LETTER TO PETER 06.Nov.2005 15:51


Peter is now in jail in Madison. Please take a few minutes to write Peter a letter or note.

Peter Young #223341
Dane County Jail
115 West Doty St
Madison, WI 53703

You can also send Peter a letter via email. His support team will print it out and mail it to him. If you would like a response from Peter, please include a mailing address. Letters can be emailed to:


Remember, all letters are read by the authorities before they are turned over to Peter.

We Love You!!!!! 06.Nov.2005 16:07


Thank you Peter!!! We will be there to support you and the animals

Any mink survive? 06.Nov.2005 17:30

John D

Did any of the mink he released survive? Are minks natural habitat in the Midwest? It just seems that if mink were born and raised in cages, they wouldn't be able to survive in the wild, so what's the point?

Duh! 06.Nov.2005 18:21


John D: In regards to if any of the mink survived in the wild, ask yourself this, would any of them have survived if left inside the cages. The answer is NO! Would you prefer dying a horrible death in captivity or would you choose a chance of survival while free? My next question to you, who in the hell are you and why can't you figure this out for yourself?

If you go and you have access to a car, 06.Nov.2005 23:07

car pooler

please bring it, as we are going to carpool and may need more transportation.

Also, releasing mink is not just about those individual animals. Farms shut down because of these kinds of actions, which saves countless other animals.

short term action only hurts the cause 07.Nov.2005 02:13

Jesse E yebsterday@yahoo.com

With respect to john d's comment, and the subsequent (childish) response -

It is true that the mink have a better chance of survival in the wild than in captivity. I am firmly against the fur trade and its brutal and inhuman practices. However, I am also firmly against the "liberation" of farmed animals for several reasons.

First of all, consider the ecosystem those animals are being released into - are they native to that ecosystem? If so, the sudden boom in population will most certainly have an adverse effect on food and space amongst the native population, thus damaging the pre-existing mink population. If they are not native, thousands of non-native pests have just been released into a habitat that is not fit to sustain such creatures, also a bad situation (Consider the damage done to conifer forests by gypsy moths, a non-native insect, in Canada). If you really love animals, don't do things that destroy their fragile homes.

Secondly, releasing these animals will not stop the fur INDUSTRY. While it may put one farmer out of business, at least until he can collect his insurance money (which you can be sure he will do) and buy more animals, it will not even make a ripple in the multi-million dollar fur industry that is the root of the problem. The people out there wearing fur coats are not the types to be emotionally moved by Peter's actions, unless they are moved to anger by his destruction of a product they enjoy. In order to actually make a change for the better, we need to CHANGE THE WAY PEOPLE THINK, not just piss them off. We live in a country with very clear methods for impacting change - theft and vandalism seem to have the effect of demonizing the supporters of a cause, whereas intelligent lobbying, publicity, CIVIL protest, and negotiation have proven throughout our nation's history to be far more effective in achieving goals.

If you love animals, THINK BEFORE YOU ACT!!! Reality, you will one day learn, is a mighty force that must be dealt with carefully and thoughtfully.

Not convinced 07.Nov.2005 08:00


Jesse E.
The mink and other such fur bearing animals who are in the cages today do not have the time that you are speaking of.Civil protest,legislation and education have been tried by many in the past,it simply does not work,the laws do not work.Too much time,effort and animal life is wasted.Most mink set free probably do not survive in the wild but I still contend it is better to die free than in captivity where human greed is profiting off their deaths.And if they do not survive then no permanent harm is caused to the balance of nature.Are you aware of the environmental impact caused by fur farms,factory farming,slaughter houses,rendering plants,textile factories,paint factories,auto makers,timber industry and everyday households?Not saying that releasing animals is the only way but history has proven that economic damage does work and insurance companies charge very high premiums after the first claim.After awhile it is no longer profitable.

FUR FARM LIBERATIONS 07.Nov.2005 13:21


Almost all animals raised on fur farms can be released safely into the wild. Police and fur farmers may disagree, saying they will starve or die in the wild, but wildlife officials agree that this is a self serving lie. Of course some will not survive the wild; some animals raised in the wild dont survive it either. Do they stand any better chances on the fur farm? This makes liberating animals on fur farms much easier than those from laboratories. Fox, mink, wolf, bobcat, lynx, raccoon, and coyote can all be safely released into the wild.

The only common fur animal that can not survive the wild is the chinchilla. Fur farms are also an easier target since they are more open and generally have less security, although with increasing fur farm liberations, security is quickly increasing. No huge ecological imbalance results from releasing these animals, even in massive quantities, into the wild. They all disperse quickly, with mink traveling five to ten miles a day, and fox traveling twelve. Fur farms are easily spotted, most use long sheds or rows of cages. Fur animals are kept as cold as possible, since this will thicken their coats. For this purpose fur cages are always open to the outside air, making liberation that much easier. There are some points of safety for the animals that must be followed in a fur animal liberation. Animals are not old enough to be released until after they have been weaned. Also, they should never be released after late October, since by then winter has set in and they wont have time to learn to hunt since prey species will be more difficult to catch at this time. The best method for releasing large amounts of animals is to cut holes in fences surrounding the compound, and then just open the cages and let the animals find their own way out. Of course some will not get out, but when releasing thousands of animals it may be the only way. The more escape routes you can cut the better chances they will have. With any release into the wild some animals will be recaptured, but getting most or even some of the animals to freedom is still much better than all dying. Chinchillas are a small herbivore native to South America. They are generally not killed until spring. As was said earlier, chinchillas are the only fur animal not able to be released to the wild, so they should be found good homes with people who know how to care for them. An important thing to know is that they can not tolerate temperatures over 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Books about their care are available at book stores and libraries. Even if a liberation is not possible, fur farms can still be disrupted.

From October to December the "pelting stock", the animals about to be killed, and the "breeding stock", those animals left to produce more animals, are the same size. By opening all the cages and releasing them into the compound they will be unable to tell which is which. The breeding stock may be kept in just a few cages, so be sure to open them all, or else you might miss the breeding stock and have accomplished nothing. You can also destroy the breeding cards, index card sized slips which contain the genetic history (thus the value) of the stock, usually kept on the front of the cages. This action will not save the animals in the fur farm at that time, they will still be killed. In fact, they will probably kill all the animals and purchase new ones for breeding. But, such actions can cause a farm to shut down, thus saving countless animals. Its a question each individual must decide for themselves. Another method is to take a non-toxic dye and spray it on each animal, rendering the pelt worthless. Again, they will still be killed, but possibly it will shut down the farm and save future generations.

Carral, Galicia Spain, 4/9/04: 6500 mink liberated
Carral, Galicia Spain, 4/9/04: 6500 mink liberated

thanks 07.Nov.2005 15:14

Jesse E

thanks minky, for explaining that. I learned a lot.