From Voice of the Voiceless|
Little information is available, but local media are reporting two ?animal activists? have been arrested at a fur farm in Sioux City, Iowa. The arrests were made October 10th, just three days after 1,200 mink were released from the Palmer Erickson fur farm in Jewell, Iowa, approximately 3 hours away.
Arrested were Kellie Marshall, 29, and Victor Vandoren, 24, both of Austin, Texas.
Police captured the pair after they allegedly cut into a fence and ?tried to free some of the animals? at the fur farm. Police used a K-9 dog and discovered the two dressed in black. They were charged with 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief, Attempted Burglary and Possession of Burglary Tools.
I know from personal experience that the Sioux City farm in question is the Circle K Fur Farm. I was charged for the release of 5,000 mink and 100 fox from the same farm in 1998. These are the details of the farm, from The Blueprint fur farm list:
Circle K Fur Farm
3701 Memorial Drive
Sioux City, IA 51104
Phone: (712) 252-2202
Owner: Steven Krage
Status: Confirmed open, 2009.
Species: Mink & fox.
Notes: Approximately 5,000 mink & 100 fox.
Strangely, the arrests of three days ago have received very little attention in the media (as of this writing). The events somehow escaped mention in the media for three days, with the arrests said to have occurred on October 10th.
A jail address for letters of support ? and any additional information ? will be posted as soon as it is known.
- Peter Young