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New York Times: Raids to Free Minks Up Ante on Animal Rights

The New York Times Michael Wines October 16. 2013 NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis. — Next to their white clapboard house on a rural road here, in long rows of cages set beneath the roofs of seven open-air sheds, Virginia and Gary Bonlander are raising 5,000 minks. Or were, anyway, until two Saturdays ago, when the police …

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Ecoterrorist pleads guilty, but won’t snitch on ‘the Family’

By Matt Pearce Los Angeles Times October 11, 2013, 6:30 a.m. They were called “the Family,” and if you were a member, you could never tell the police who else was. In 1997, the Family freed wild horses collected at a federal barn in Oregon before burning it to the ground. In 1998, Family members …

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Photos from inside a recent ALF target in Wisconsin

By Peter Young AnimalLiberationFrontline Oct 09, 2013 After the ALF targets the home of an executive, rare photos give a glimpse inside North American Fur Auctions. In August, the Animal Liberation Front took credit for flooding the home of Brian L. MacMillan, head of North American Fur Auctions (NAFA)’s trapped animal division. Every year, NAFA …

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No Leads in Release of Mink Near New Holstein

NEW HOLSTEIN, WI (WHBL) – The F-B-I and Calumet County authorities say they have no leads in the release of two-thousand mink from a farm near New Holstein last weekend.  The F-B-I calls the incident “domestic terrorism,” an indication that an animal rights’ protest group was responsible.  The Animal Liberation Front, which has pulled off several releases …

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Group offering $5,000 reward in mink release

October 8, 2013 Kathy Mellott Tribune-Democrat JOHNSTOWN — A mink farm trade organization is reaching out to the public in the hopes someone will provide information regarding the illegal release of hundreds of mink last month. A $5,000 reward is being offered by the Fur Commission USA for information leading to the arrest and …

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Activists release hundreds of mink from ranch in southeastern Minnesota

Animal activists targeting the industry released animals from southeastern Minnesota ranch. JENNA ROSS and PAUL WALSH , Star-Tribune October 8, 2013 Animal activists’ efforts to free minks and cripple a facet of the fur industry this week hit Minnesota, the nation’s fifth-largest mink producer. Hundreds of mink were set loose from a southeastern Minnesota ranch …

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450 Mink Released in Minnesota; Wave of Fur Farm Raids Continues

Peter Young AnimalLiberationFrontline   Unprecedented wave of mink liberations continues with a fur farm hit in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. In what is now the 9th fur farm raid in just over three months, nearly 500 mink were set free from a small mink farm in Grand Meadow, Minnesota. Details are sparse, but sometime Sunday night …

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2000 Mink Liberated in New Holstein, Wisconsin

2,000 mink were released from cages at Bonlander Furs in New Holstein, Wisconsin during the early morning hours of October 5, according to local news reports.

2000 Mink Released in Wisconsin, Latest in Major ALF Campaign

  Peter Young AnimalLiberationFrontline The eighth US fur farm raid since July sees 2,000 mink freed from a farm in New Holstein, Wisconsin. Early Saturday, a driver called police to report mink on the road near Bonlander Furs, a mink farm in New Holstein, Wisconsin. Cages had been opened and 2,000 of the farm’s reported …

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2,000 mink released from farm near New Holstein

Oct. 5, 2013 NEW HOLSTEIN — Police say about 2,000 mink were released from a fur farm early Saturday morning in Calumet County.Calumet County Sheriff’s deputies arrived to the area around 4:45 a.m. Saturday after 911 callers said the mink were loose on the roadway. The Bonlander Furs farm was the site of the …

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Former activist, industry leader speak about recent mink farm raid

Farmer not willing to release name publicly Aaron Osowski, The Park Record Posted:   10/04/2013 The Sept. 13 raid of a Summit County mink farm has gained the attention of animal activist groups such as the Animal Liberation Front (ALF), whose website featured a claim of responsibility for the raid from an anonymous source. The …

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500 Mink Released from Fur Farm in British Columbia

According to media reports, approximately 500 mink were released from cages at a fur farm (28250 Downes Road) in Abbotsford, British Columbia early on October 2.

October 25- International Kick Off to Move Marie Mason Campaign

In 2009, environmental activist and community organizer Marie Mason was sentenced to almost 22 years in prison for the arson of an office which housed genetically modified organism (GMO) research andfor the destruction of logging equipment.  Marie is now serving the longest sentence of any activist in the US for environmental direct action.  Her sentence is part of a larger crackdown by the state on environmental activists, …

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Animal rights group claims it freed mink in Cambria County

September 27, 2013 By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette CAMBRIA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — For nearly 60 years, George Rykola has raised mink on this quiet, bucolic farm in rural Cambria County. He and his wife, Anna, live next door to thousands of mink they keep and pelt for market. Their relatives live close, too, and help on …

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Authorities trying to figure out who set 20 mink free from Utah farm

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS September 18, 2013 HOYTSVILLE, Utah — An investigation is continuing to determine who broke into a northern Utah farm and freed 20 mink. Summit County Sheriff’s Sgt. Ronald Bridge said the animals were released on Sept. 13 in the small town of Hoytsville. Fifteen mink were found soon after and the owner …

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