30 foxes released by the Animal Liberation Front in Iowa
An Iowa fur farm is raided in first fur farm raid of the year.
In a communique received by Bite Back, the Animal Liberation Front took credit for releasing 30 foxes from the fur farm owned by Robert Roman in Anamosa, Iowa on September 25th, 2014.
According to the communique, fencing on the east and west side were cut away, and cages opened, allowing 30 foxes to escape.
Fur farmer detects raid at 2am
According the fur farmer Robert Roman, he detected the break-in at 2am when his dogs began barking.
“Their activities were disrupted,” he said. “I think they fled.”
Media continues to quote fur farmers on animals’ likelihood of survival
In a message aimed at the media to head off erroneous claims of released animals dying due to lack of survival skills, the Animal Liberation Front gave them these words:
“We encourage the media to maintain their professional integrity by seeking comment from actual wildlife biologists about the survivability of farm-raised fox, not fur farmers or their trade groups.”
However, the media continued to solicit quotes from fur farmers on this subject, and not those with qualified opinions.
Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act may not be applicable
According to an Iowa FBI agent, the damages may not have exceeded $10,000, which, according to the agent, is the threshold for an AETA prosecution. As such, this may not be a case prosecuted by the Department of Justice, and if those responsible are caught, the case may be prosecuted locally-
” The law that enables FBI involvement in the crime requires at least a $10,000 loss that has not yet been established in this case, she said.”
First fur farm raid of the year
After ten releases of fur farm animals in 2013, this is the first fur farm liberation of 2014.
All animals recaptured, say police
According to police and the fur farmer, only two animals actually left their pens, and both were recaptured. There are reportedly 300 foxes held captive at the fur farm.
The full ALF communique reads, in full:
“The Animal Liberation Front is taking responsibility for the release of 30 foxes from a fur farm in Anamosa, Iowa in the late-evening of Thursday, September 25th 2014. 10 years after the 2004 raid of the University of Iowa, the ALF has returned to east-central Iowa.
The farm targeted was:
23778 Fairview Road
Anamosa, IA 52205
The majority of fencing on the farm’s east and west sides were stripped away. The fencing on the north was enveloped in heavy brush and unlikely to be a point of passage, while the south abutted a shed retrofitted with living quarters, with lights on and a car outside, indicating we were not alone.
An advantage of releasing foxes over mink is that foxes are silent. As a result, the proximity of fox pens to a farmer’s house is irrelevant, as we have shown.
Future visitors to fox farms should be aware that foxes are extremely timid. Unlike mink they should be encouraged to exit their cages as a vital ingredient of any fox rescue.
A point worth repeating: This entire action required $40 in gas, $20 in tools, and only a few hours to execute.
The past two years has seen a tenfold increase in the number of known fox farm addresses. The animal liberation movement is now in an unprecedented position to wipe out fox farming in the United States. Fox farms represent the softest of targets for these reasons:
• Fox farms are small, with animal numbers usually in the dozens.
• Foxes are silent (mentioned above).
• Foxes are rarely a primary income source for farmers, who can be more easily persuaded to discontinue fox farming.
• There are under 150 fox farms known to exist.
Foxes are genetically wild. There is a large and thriving wild fox population in Iowa. We encourage the media to maintain their professional integrity by seeking comment from actual wildlife biologists about the survivability of farm-raised fox, not fur farmers or their trade groups.
To be clear, our mission extends far beyond fur. We aim to eradicate all animal-exploitation industries – meat, dairy, egg, animal research, and beyond. We encourage the public to adopt a vegan diet first; raid farms second.
A final message to activists: The ALF doesn’t need your passive support. We need your active participation.
Animal Liberation Front
Dedicated to accused mink rescuers currently under federal indictment in the United States, and activists making history in Eastern Europe.”