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Leaked security alert #6: Trespassers on a fur farm in Idaho

The 6th in a series of leaked Fur Commission “security alerts” to be posted over the next 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.

Synopsis of this alert

This bulletin alerts fur farmers to suspicious persons who approached an Idaho fur farm attempting to sell aerial photos. The fur industry is under such an assault, any unknown person on or near a fur farm is deemed to be suspicious, and farmers are advised to report any unknown visitors to the police.

In an almost comedic example of a backwoods, “frontier justice” attitude,  fur farmers are actually urged to forcefully detain trespassers and call police.

Our sources indicate that in most or all instances any attempt has been made to capture and detain trespassers, it has been a colossal failure.

“Fur Commission USA
Security Alert
Idaho, Utah
January 9, 2012

Last week a couple entered the Hawkes Fur Farm in Franklin ID, claiming to be professional photographers, and attempting to sell aerial photographs of the farm to the owners.  The male was approximately [description redacted]; the female was approximately [description redacted].  They were driving a [car description redacted].  The license plates were not identified. They carried a laptop computer and a video camera, and became increasingly nervous upon questioning.

If you are approached by these or any other individuals, be sure to obtain identification and/or record any identifying features.  Do not allow anyone to photograph/video on your property under any circumstances. If someone is caught on your farm without your permission, attempt to detain them without risking injury to yourself, and call your local sheriff’s office.

In order for animal rights activists to garner attention, they need to collect photographs or video of alleged animal abuse or irresponsible farm management.  Please be aware of any unknown persons or vehicles in the vicinity of your property.  If you have seen this vehicle recently, please call Fur Commission USA as soon as possible.

Distributed by,
Michael Whelan
Fur Commission USA