The Fur Commission USA is reporting 400 mink were released September 9th, 2010 from a fur farm in Granite Falls, Washington.
The name of the farm was not specified. According to the fur farm directory The Blueprint, Granite Falls is home to two known mink farms: The Jeff Craggs fur farm, and Beck's Mink Farm. View images of the farms here:
Jeff Craggs farm: link to maps.google.com
Becks Mink Farm: link to maps.google.com
The largest mink release in the state occurred in 2003, when 10,000 mink were released from the Roesler Brothers Fur Farm in nearby Sultan, Washington. That farm was reported to still be open as of the summer of 2009.
While the target of the September 9th raid is not known, one of the two mink farm owners is familiar to activists - Harvey Beck reported an attempted raid of his farm in the summer of 1997. No animals were reported to have been released in that incident.
In a verbal folly of Bush proportions, while endorsing a bill that would target "eco-terrorists", Beck made this statement to Washington state lawmakers in 2001:
"What does ecoterrorism have to do with our civil liberties and free speech? Absolutely nothing but destruction."
No claim of responsibility by the Animal Liberation Front has been made.
- Peter Young
Media is reporting that mink were released on the 17900 block of Engebretson Road. This is the address of Becks Mink Farm.