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1500 Mink Released From fur farm in Astoria; 3rd Oregon Farm Raided This Year

Operation Bite Back II: 1500 More Captive Mink Released
Raid on Oregon Fur Farm by Animal Liberationists is Seventh Since April
Astoria, Oregon - According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, 1500 captive mink were released last night from a fur farm on Simonsen Road in Astoria, Oregon. The raid is the third in Oregon this year, and the seventh in North America this season. Together with raids in Washington, Utah and Canada reported since April, thousands of captive wild animals have been given the chance for freedom this year from profit-hungry breeders.

The communique reads, in part:
"About 1,500 mink were released from their cages with at least 200 of these being breeding stock. The fact that there is no fence around this farm should help ease their escape. I would like to close by offering apiece of advice to the owners of this farm, to the owners of the other farms in the Astoria, OR area (it was simply by luck of the draw that your farms weren't chosen), and to ALL fur farmers: find a new profession. fur farmers are a dying breed. get out before you are forced out. "your laws will have no meaning past the setting of the sun."

Imprisoned in cages for life, fur-bearing animals are forced to endure intensive confinement, compared to the miles of territory these animals would enjoy in the wild - their natural state. The natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated; self-mutilation, sickness, infection, poor sanitation and the sheer stress of confinement lead animals to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing, then skinned. Whereas reports from the fur industry have surfaced that liberations were harmful to the animals, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and other organizations have a long history of successfully releasing animals into the wild. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined for a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of liberationists is to cause economic damage to fur farms; dozens of fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since "Operation Bite Back" began by the ALF in the 1990s.

"The fur industry wants the public to believe that most of the mink liberated are recaptured or killed after being freed, but this is not the case; and I would argue that even if some are recaptured, at least they have been given a chance at what everyone deserves, a chance to live free" stated Camille Hankins, a Press Officer with the Animal Liberation Press Office. "Contrary to the rhetoric of those who profit from the imprisonment and killing of these beautiful, wild creatures, scientific studies have proven captive mink have the innate ability to survive in the wild, do not decimate other animal populations or the environment, and do not carry away small children or pets."

Original communique:

Received anonymously

In the early morning hours of October 17th, a lone activist infiltrated the fur farm at 92659 Simonsen Road in Astoria Oregon. About 1,500 mink were released from their cages with at least 200 of these being breeding stock. The fact that there is no fence around this farm should help ease their escape.

This action is being claimed for the vegan straight edge community. not as a self-congratulatory ego boost, but in the vein hope that it might spur others into action. It has become apparent that the combined tactics of record collecting, sing-alongs, and militant posturing have failed to stop those who abuse innocent life. once we accept this then we can stop squandering our potential and choose a more effective plan of action.

I would like to close by offering apiece of advice to the owners of this farm, to the owners of the other farms in the Astoria, OR area (it was simply by luck of the draw that your farms weren't chosen), and to ALL fur farmers: find a new profession. fur farmers are a dying breed. get out before you are forced out.

"your laws will have no meaning past the setting of the sun."
- -VSE

 http://animalliberationpressoffice.org/

Astoria's Liberation 17.Oct.2008 20:49

CAPPIE

Whoever and wherever you are I offer my thanks and appreciation for an action well done. Stay safe and stay free.

Action speaks louder than words sometimes 18.Oct.2008 11:28

dragonfly

The message is loud and clear to mink farmers to get out of the business. Thank you so much to the people sending this message.

yay 18.Oct.2008 15:49

cool

FUCK YEAH! GO ALF! Don't listen to the haters!

violate my laws 19.Oct.2008 19:41

i want more bike paths

as you violate the law, rather than seek legal means to change it...when they come to violate your laws...who will protect you? you're very fortunate the owner of the farm did not take the "law" into his own hands.

"Terrorist" road trip... 19.Oct.2008 20:39

mr mink

Here's the Fur Commissions official press release about the release. I warn you it is really really funny..

FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, OCTOBER 17, 2008

Mink Farm Raid : Terrorists on Road Trip Attack Another Farm

Astoria, Oregon: Under cover of darkness, criminals broke into Ylipetto's Fur Farm and opened about 1,500 mink pens, pulling some off their stands and tossing them about. The farmer discovered the mess when he went to give his herd their early morning feeding.

"About half the mink never left their pens and many were simply sitting on top of the pens," reported Mrs.Ylipetto, the farmer's wife. "About 100 were clustered in a wood shavings pile. They went to what they knew, the material used for their bedding."

By 10:30 a.m., most were sleeping comfortably and the farmer was simply picking up the stragglers.

By Saturday afternoon, about 400 were still missing and the farmer had been contacted by about 35 neighbors with loose mink, mostly near garages or other buildings where they feel familiar. As a direct result of the release, there have been at least 35 casualties, many killed by large dogs.

Mrs. Ylipelto stated that, "Releasing animals which are bred in captivity and are used to being pampered, fed and cared for, it's the same thing as taking people out of their Manhattan apartments and putting them out in the boondocks to try to survive. It's the exact same thing."

Extremists have been active in Western states and British Columbia this year hitting numerous targets, including researchers, farmers, seafood suppliers and energy pipelines. A suspicious fire at a dairy hay barn in Utah and incendiaries left at the homes of researchers in California are some of the open cases under investigation.

U.S. mink farms that have been vandalized this year, with number of pens opened, are:

April 21: Jefferson, Oregon, 53
Aug 19: South Jordon, Utah, 800
September 4: Scio, Oregon, 215
September 21: Kaysville, UT 6,000
October 17: Astoria, Oregon, 1,000

There was also a farm raid just across the Canadian border, on Aug. 24 in Aldergrove, BC, when 6,000 pens were opened.

 http://www.furcommission.com/news/newsF999.htm