I just got this PRESS RELEASE from the Animal Liberation Press Office:
“300 Captive Mink Released From South Jordan, Utah Fur Farm
Animal Liberationists Destroy Breeding Cards, Liberate Animals from McMullin Mink Farm
“South Jordan, UT — According to a communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office this week, 300 captive mink were released from the McMullin Mink Farm, located at 10400 W. 1540 S in South Jordan, Utah.
“The communique reads:
“This is a local soldier out of Utah letting you guys know of a raid that just happened last night at the South Jordan, Utah McMullen Mink Farm, 300 plus mink were released with all their breeding records destroyed. Good news, haven’t seen this done in a while so it had to be done.
“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 leads animals to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing. 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 from fur farms. 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.’
“For more information, visit http://www.animalliberationpressoffice.org”
— Animal Liberation Press Office, Woodland Hills, CA
I am also against keeping animals under such horrific conditions on those unconscionable fur farms … but releasing 300 captive-bred mink into the local ecosystem is NOT the way to deal with it.
These ALF dudes obviously have no idea what they are doing.
Yes indeed, “the natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated,” and there’s no way in hell that these pitiful creatures are going to survive after being “liberated” into the wild.
They are not being “liberated.”
They are being released to starve to death.
The mink may have the instinct to kill … but after being bred and born in captivity for generations, and kept in cages all their lives, they have never learned to hunt. They may be lucky enough to kill a bird or a mouse if they happen upon it, but they haven’t learned how to regularly find and stalk the prey animals they need to kill in order to survive.
Having just the instinct to kill isn’t enough. They also need the training they would have received from their parents if they had been born in the wild.
Having been kept in the tiny confines of their cages all their lives, these captive-bred mink also do not have the muscles and stamina needed by a mink to survive in the wild.
To make matters worse … releasing 300 mink into one small area is going to result in absolute chaos in the local ecosystem. Those ALF “soldiers” have simply turned one disaster at the mink farm into an even bigger one in the local environment where even more animals are affected.
Many of those 300 starving mink are probably going to end up killing each other as they try to survive.
If the ALF “liberationists” had really wanted to help those poor unfortunate mink, they would have come prepared with euthanasia drugs and “released” the mink by painlessly euthanizing them in their cages.
Sad, sad, sad. /Gary