Eco-Terrorists Hit Iowa Fox Farm

Aug 21, 1998 No Comments

FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, August 21, 1998
Eco-Terrorists Hit Iowa Fox Farm
Most Animals Returned Home Safely
Sometime after a feeding at 10 p.m. the night before and 5:45 a.m. August 20, eco-terrorists invaded Hidden Valley Fox Farm in Guttenberg, Iowa, opening doors to the cages of about 350 domestically raised foxes.
Although many of the foxes never left their cages, the Hansel family called on their neighbors to help capture animals and set live traps in an effort to return the animals to the safety of the farm. As of the morning of August 21, about 60 animals were still missing.
The Hansel family has been raising fox for over 20 years. Steve Hansel, who owns the farm with his wife, stated, “So far we haven’t lost any animals to road traffic, stress or starvation and we have the quick response of our neighbors to thank for that.”
Although animal “liberationists” who admit guilt for such crimes as this assume that the animals will “have had a taste of freedom” or live in a “natural way,” they are wrong.
“Natural” – that is, what is normal – for domestically raised animals is life on a farm, a life of food delivered, no predators, mating, birthing, weaning, living and dying under the care of humans. “Unnatural” for a domestically raised fox is being driven into the wild, forced to search for food in foreign terrain, ripped to pieces by dogs and run over by cars.
“We condemn the use of violence, intimidation and terrorist activities by anyone in the advancement of a cause or political goal,” stated Teresa Platt, executive director of Fur Commission USA, which represents over 600 U.S.-based fur farmers. “These aggressive and illegal tactics are being used too often in the debate over how best to feed, clothe and shelter the world. Fur farmers are joining other resource providers in asking Congress to hold hearings on these illegal activities.”
Anyone seeing a lost fox, please call (619) 575-0139.
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