Fur Commission USA
Extremists attack mink farm in Burley Idaho.
July 30, 2013
In the early morning hours of Sunday July 28, animal rights terrorists broke into a Burley Idaho mink ranch, destroyed fencing, breeding records and over-turned thousands of mink pens. Close to 3,800 mink were released from their cages, though only a small fraction ever left the mink yard. Over 60 friends and neighbors helped collect the scared and traumatized animals throughout the following day.
“We are so grateful to our neighbors that have come to help us in our time of need.” said ranch owner Cindy Moyle. “The people who did this have no idea how stressful it is for the animals. The mink are domesticated and have never had to find food or water for themselves. Those that don’t return soon will suffer and die painfully.” The Moyle family spent much of Tuesday picking up mink off the road, as they are attracted by traffic. The animals equate the sound of motorized vehicles with the feed cart.
Cassia County Sheriff’s Dept. is investigating, as well as the FBI. Crimes committed against mink farming fall under the federal Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and can result in a significant prison sentence for those convicted.
An anonymous internet post has claimed responsibility for the attack. “Historically, these crimes are committed by a small group of individuals that travel around, state-to-state, terrorizing farmers” stated Michael Whelan, Executive Director of Fur Commission USA, the trade organization representing the U.S. mink farmers. “These aren’t peaceful protesters, these are criminal thugs that blindly follow an anti-ag agenda. They’re felons that are ruining lives. Nothing more.” Fur Commission USA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
Though the anonymous claim does not identify any organization, the FBI considers the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) the number one domestic terror threat in the U.S.
Idaho is the 3rd largest mink producing state in the U.S. The farms create over $40 million in revenue for the state each year, and support thousands of jobs.