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Leaked security alert #16: Farmers told to call police if their address is on the internet

The 16th 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.

This alert: A synopsis

This is one of the more absurd security alerts. Here, fur farmers are told to call the police and report that fur farm addresses are posted on the new Coalition Against Fur Farms website, and FinalNail.com.

Its not clear what exactly fur farmers are supposed to “report” once they get a dispatcher on the phone, what laws are being broken, or why the police should care.

One thing is made even more evident by this alert: Fur farmers are hopelessly, pathetically, bizarrely out of touch.

“Fur Commission USA
Security Alert – New Farm Postings
June 25th, 2012

Our opponents have been listing fur farm addresses for years, and for the recent past, most farmers have been left alone. A website (www.coalitionagainstfurfarms.com) has been postings “newly discovered” addresses of fur farms, in addition to other industry information since the beginning of May.

We believe that the farm information is gathered through business filings, in addition to satellite and on-the-ground reconnaissance (they do not appear to be sure of the operational status of many of the ranches.) Please be aware that no US fur farm is entirely safe from attack, but proper security precautions can “harden the target” and send a would-be attacker elsewhere. We urge all ranchers to check their security and be aware of any suspicious vehicles and/or persons near the property. Remember, Fur Commission USA is available to perform a security assessement on your facility, free of charge.

Please inform your local law enforcement agency of the list at www.finalnail.com and the postings that appear on www.coalitionagainstfurfarms.com

Distributed by
Michael Whelan
Fur Commission USA”