Rekindling Fur Farm Abolition
In early November last year, animal liberation activists crossed a waist high stream to reach the woods surrounding Jerry Marr mink farm in northern Washington. While waiting to ensure the farm was free from security patrols, the activists were met with the scattered cries and constant scratching of imprisoned minks. Within fifteen minutes six hundred cages were opened. Fencing was damaged allowing escapees easier access to the nearby creek. These solitary predators can travel ten miles in a day and will quickly disperse over a large area once released. Hopefully a handful of animals found the Nooksack River, and made their way to the expansive Mt Baker Snoqualmie National Forest which holds a infinite amount of streams and rivers for these semi aquatic animals. This action took place just before the winter pelting season, to ensure the minks were full grown, while inflicting maximum economic damage.
Now the nightmarish cycle continues as the remaining 200 something fur farms in the US prepare to grow their herd. Mink kits are born in late spring early summer and once they are able to consume solid food, they are taken from their mother and siblings where they live their 7 month life until they are killed by snapped necks, gas, or electrocution. Each individual sentient being exists in one of many cages on one of many rows in one of several barns until they are killed, pelted, and turned into high fashion garments. Unless someone like you becomes the animal liberationist, giving American wildlife salvation while dealing blows to the dying industry.These are native predators, and these farms usually sit atop their historic habitat.
Something for potential activists to consider is these animals are full grown by late August or September and are killed for their fur in late November or December. Whenever their fur is developed enough to bring the most profit to farmers. Animals released once they are maturing are probably unable to survive on their own. Potential activists should consider the months of September through November for action.
These actions are very simple and often all thats needed is the will to act on behalf of innocent animals, problem solving, and imagination which is usually stolen when we turn our fight over to compromising organizations.
To Earth First!ers and others fighting on behalf of wild places, consider the fur industry’s attempted domestication of wildlife. If we oppose domestication of wild lands, we should oppose domestication of wild life. Plus natural predators will always play a vital role in the ecosystem. The link between fighting for wild animals and wild places is obvious.
“now you must take the risk rather than cheer others who have walked before you”