Anonymous Liberators Free 2,400 Minks from Fur Farm in Idaho

30 Jul

anonymous communique / Bite Back

The American Mink is native to the Idaho region, and can survive in the wild after release from captivity

The American Mink is native to North America, and can survive in the wild after release from captivity

“On the evening of July 28, 2013, friends of wildlife entered the Burley, Idaho, mink farm of Fur Commission USA Board Member Cindy Moyle, compromised the perimeter fencing, and set up roving surveillance of the on-site night watchman. We then liberated the entirety of her breeding stock into the wild, emptying over twenty-five percent of this wildlife prison.

Illuminated in the moonlight, 2400 of these wild creatures climbed out of the cages where they had passed their entire lives in isolated darkness, to feel the grass under their feet for the first time. Their initial timidity quickly became a cacophony of gleeful squealing, playing, cavorting, and swimming in the creek that runs directly behind the Moyle property. They will live out their new lives along the Snake River watershed.

Cindy Moyle is a current Board Member, and former Treasurer, of the Fur Commission USA. After the recent leadership shuffling in FCUSA, we felt that the Moyle Mink Ranch would be perfect to test out the efficacy of FCUSA’s new emphasis on farm security.The Moyles are a mink dynasty in Idaho, operating up to eight farms, their own in-house feed operation, and a tannery. Those doubtful of our resourcefulness and guile have in the past called the Moyle farms impenetrable. Indeed, this is the first time that anyone has attempted action against one of them.

Having now had the pleasure of testing them ourselves, we wholeheartedly approve of the new FCUSA security guidelines. We are happy to see FCUSA members increasing their overhead on security – it means they are only that much closer to bankruptcy when we raid their farms. In the case of the Moyles, the breeding records we destroyed represent over thirty years of painstaking genetic selection. There will be no recovering these genetic lines.

Aside from their operations harming helpless animals, the Moyles have also been federally investigated for exploiting undocumented workers and trafficking endangered species. Mike Moyle, ex-mink farmer and the current Idaho House Majority Leader, has used his political position to block Idaho neighborhoods from being able to declare his family’s foul and fly- infested prisons to be public nuisances.

The fur industry will no doubt propagate falsehoods regarding this act of kindness.

They will claim that we are terrorists. We say that if peacefully opening cages is an act of terrorism, then the word has no meaning. It is appropriately applied to the mass imprisonment and killing of wild animals.

They will claim that these mink are domesticated animals and will starve. Documentation on the success of farm-bred mink in the wild is extensive, so we will add only our experience watching these naturally aquatic animals, who had spent their entire lives in cages, head instinctively for water and begin to swim and hunt.

They will claim that conditions on mink farms are humane. We ask why, then, they try only to hide those farms from the public, pushing for legislation to criminalize the taking of photographs. The mink that we freed from the Moyles lived in intensive confinement in their own waste. Their suffering was plain to the eye, and their yearning for freedom plain to the soul.

They will say that our raid may inspire copycat actions. We say that it undoubtedly will. It is a glorious thing that we live in a world where individuals regularly demonstrate the ultimate act of compassion – risking their freedom for the freedom of others.

They will say that we will not stop short of the complete and total end of the killing of animals for their fur. On this point we are in total agreement.

We act with love in our hearts.”

18 Responses to “Anonymous Liberators Free 2,400 Minks from Fur Farm in Idaho”

  1. Buddy2Blogger July 30, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.

  2. Nancy July 30, 2013 at 8:36 pm #


  3. Chrystal July 31, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    I sincerely Hope that after freeing these precious animals, you will follow up and make sure they make it in the wild. After all that seems to be the most responsible thing to do. It’s one thing to be excited by their release. It is the RESPONSIBLE thing to follow up with your actions to make sure they were right….and the animals CAN survive in the WILD

    • whitelotus July 31, 2013 at 4:39 pm #

      it’s called natural instincts…

    • Diom July 31, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

      Even a brief taste of freedom is preferable to a short life spent in a small cage with your execution guaranteed.

    • stickery August 3, 2013 at 2:58 am #

      Chrystal, I’m glad your comment is on here. You seem to be the only other person on here thinking further ahead than the immediate release of these animals.

      • EF! J Collective Everglades Office August 17, 2013 at 12:59 pm #

        If you’re able, you may want to check out the article “Setting Free the Prisoners: the Ecological Consequences of Releasing Mink,” by Rod Coronado, from the Samhain/Yule 2003 Earth First! Journal.

  4. Stickery July 31, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Fucking Morons. Mink are one of the few animals that kill for fun. They have acheived worse than nothing. The mink will kill everything and then starve to death. The fur farm will have a new lorryload of mink by the end of the week and their losses will be covered by insurance. This type of action gives activism a bad name. Do your research before you act. Again- Fucking Morons.

    • kjgngke July 31, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

      But then all fur factories’ insurance rates go up, which moves toward their long-term goal of making the fur business less profitable, maybe eventually to the point of making them not want to continue doing it because the risks/costs/bother with security measures are just not worth it.

    • Someone August 2, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      Shill for industry much? ^^^
      FCUSA propaganda shouldn’t deter EF! Newswire readers of the truth about animal lib and re-wilding this ungodly creation of ours. Don’t believe the (falsified) hype.

      • stickery August 3, 2013 at 2:19 am #

        I’m not a ‘shill for industry’.I am fully in favour of direct action against any major evil, including fur farming. I would also outlaw zoos and make people get licenses before being allowed to keep pets because generally people treat animals like crap. This was just a poorly planned action with no thought of the long term consequences. If I’m wrong lets see an update on how those mink, the local wildlife, particularly birds, are doing and if that fur farm has even slowed production. Don’t treat everyone who disagrees with your methods as the enemy. That’s what industry does and that should be where we differ.

      • stickery August 3, 2013 at 2:43 am #

        What exactly are you saying is false about my comments? That mink kill for fun? That local wildlife will be harmed? That the fur farm has insurance? Making shit arguments, (and carrying out counter-productive actions) does not help the cause. Think things through rather than just having a knee jerk reaction to criticism.

  5. SeeMeNow August 1, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

    Now this is something I have no problem with. Perfect operation on behalf of ALF!
    F YOU FUR FARM OWNERS! Slavery must end!

  6. stickery August 3, 2013 at 2:32 am #

    The people responsible,for want of a better word, for this action have inflicted 2400 mink on the local wildlife. You people don’t seem to understand that they will wipe out generations of birdlife.If you set out with a plan to destroy the indiginous creatures of this area, you couldn’t do it much more effectively than by releasing 2400 mink into a non native habitat. I say again, I am all for direct action and the outlawing of fur farms, but not at the expense of natural, native wildlife. It would have been better to euthanise the mink and destroy the site. Beware of being so open minded that your brains fall out.

  7. stickery August 3, 2013 at 2:52 am #

    This does not put Earth First. This puts the wants of the activists ahead of what’s right for the environment. Unthinking glory seekers. Ban the fur trade.

  8. DEBERA DELGATTO August 6, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Bravo, we have to fight for the voiceless & the helpless, these poor babies are better off in the wild living free if only for a short time then being stuck in a cage and then slaughtered.


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