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Leaked security alert #13: Details on recent Utah mink release

The 13th in a series of leaked Fur Commission “security alerts” Animal Liberation Frontline will be posting this month.

Background: Animal Liberation Frontline has obtained dozens of internal fur industry “security alerts.” These bulletins are sent to fur farmers via email and fax every time there is a “security” related issue affecting US fur farms. The subject matter can range from trespassers being chased from farms, to unpublicized details of ALF raids, to farmers sharing license plate numbers of “suspicious vehicles.”These are intended to be read by fur farmers only, and were not intended to be read by the general public. I will be posting approximately 30 bulletins over the next month.

Read a full background on this series here.

A synopsis of this alert

This alert offers details on the recent release of 20 mink from the Ovard mink farm in Wanship, Utah. It expands slightly on the possibility the raid was interrupted by a feed delivery truck, as referenced in media reports.

This alert also offers the unreported detail that 8 of the 20 mink (40%) were uncaptured.

It also notes that at least three recent fur farm raids have taken place at farms that didn’t have fences, and astutely points out the Animal Liberation Front is focusing on “soft targets.”

“Fur Commission USA
Security Alert – Mink Farm Attacked in UT last night
September 13, 2013

A mink farm just south of Coalville UT was attacked last night. The farmer was alerted to activity in the yard in the early morning hours (around 3:00 AM) as a feed truck was arriving. At that time it was discovered that 2 sheds had been entered and about 20 mink released. A number of breeding cards were also damaged. It is assumed that the raid was discovered in progress and the perpetrators fled before being identified and/or captured. At this time all but about 8 have been returned to their pens.

As every farmer knows, this is the time of year that most mink farm attacks occur. This action is the fourth against the US producers since July. In this case, we believe alert farmers and support personnel were able to interrupt the attack and limit the damage. The mink farmer had not yet erected fencing, and one of the sheds targeted was the only one without doors. The last two attacks have targeted farms that have no fencing.

Please take proper security precautions over the next few weeks as we know extremists are out there looking for, and focusing on ‘softer’ targets.

Distributed by,
Michael Whelan
Fur Commission USA