THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS DELIVERED BY WISCONSIN GOVERNOR TOMMY THOMPSON TO THE “SAFE FARMS SUPPORT RALLY”
TOMMY G. THOMPSON
State of Wisconsin
August 26, 1999
To My Friends in the Mink Ranching Industry:
Thank you for the invitation to your event supporting Wisconsin’s mink ranching industry. I regret that I am unable to attend your event today.
I share your concerns regarding the acts of violence aimed at the mink industry. Wisconsin has a strong history of trading and raising fur. From the days of Father Marquette’s landing at Green Bay to today as Wisconsin leads the nation in mink production, fur production has always been an important part of Wisconsin’s economy. This is a fact of which I am proud.
I am appalled by the actions of people who would break the law, damage property and endanger people’s lives and livelihoods. These actions are unacceptable in a lawful society where political disagreements are decided on the floor of the State Assembly and Senate – not with terrorism.
While the State of Wisconsin does not have a law enforcement agency with the investigator tools of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, I have directed the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection to consider what assistance could be provided to local units of government. I am hopeful that by working together the State, local law enforcement, the federal government, and the mink ranching industry can not only find the people who attacked Wisconsin mink farms, but also prevent future attacks from occurring.
Again, I commend those attending your rally in support of Wisconsin agriculture and in opposition to those who would senselessly destroy what they do not understand.
TOMMY G. THOMPSON