For Immediate Release
September 20, 2007
6000 Captive Mink Released From Newfoundland Prison
Animal Liberationists Target Renowned Animal Abuser and Profiteer
Harcourt, Newfoundland- As many as 6000 captive mink were released from the Harcourt Mink Farm, located 1 kilometer east of Ryders Brook Bridge, off of Route 232, on Trinity Bay along the eastern coast of Newfoundland, according to police reports.
Imprisoned in cages for life, fur-bearing animals are forced to endure the intensive confinement of only a few square feet of cage, compared to the miles of territory these animals would enjoy in the wild – their natural state. While reports from the fur industry have surfaced that liberations were harmful to the animals, the ALF has a long history of successfully releasing animals into the wild from fur farms. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined to a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of the ALF is to cause economic harm to fur farms; dozens of fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since “Operation Bite Back” began by the ALF in the 1990s.
“While some of the wild mink may be recaptured or killed in their escape, at least they have been given a chance at what everyone deserves, a chance to live free” stated Jerry Vlasak, a Press Officer with the Animal Liberation Press Office and former Sea Shepherd Conservation Society board member. “Contrary to the rhetoric of those who profit from the imprisonment and killing of these beautiful, wild creatures, scientific studies have proven captive mink have the innate ability to survive in the wild, do not decimate other animal populations or the environment, and do not carry away small children or pets.”