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Leaked security alert #19: Thousands of mink freed in Idaho

The 19th in a series of leaked Fur Commission “security alerts” I am 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 was the alert sent out after the Animal Liberation Front kicked off “fur farm raiding season” on July 28th by freeing 2,400 to 5,000 mink from a fur farm in Burley, Idaho.

The irony of this alert (and the raid) was that the farm raided was owned by Cindy Moyle – who is on the board of the Fur Commission. The alert makes no mention of this detail.

This raid demonstrated that even the board of the Fur Commission doesn’t follow their own security protocols, and that even those tasked with promoting farm security don’t secure their own farms.

The entire industry is weak from top to bottom, and the July 28th raid demonstrated this powerfully.

“Fur Commission USA
Security Alert – Mink Release in ID
July 29, 2013

Farmers are urged to be on alert as a mink farm in Burley ID was attacked last night. Neighbors and other ranchers are helping the farmer collect the animals now, but at least 3 sheds were emptied and breeding cards removed. Most of the animals have remained in the yard and should be returned to pens over the next several hours. It is unclear how many animals are missing.

Farmers throughout the country are urged to be on alert, as these incidents will usually occur in bunches. Make sure all fences and gates are secure and detection systems are set. Inform your local law enforcement agencies of the recent attack, and the potential for actions targeting your facility. Tell employees and neighbors to be especially aware of any suspicious vehicles, especially parked nearby at night, and to report it to law enforcement and Fur Commission USA.

Distributed by,
Michael Whelan
Fur Commission USA”