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Sept 19, 2005
Hundreds of mink pose threat
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Animal rights activists broke into a mink farm in Vestfold and released an estimated 3,500 minks that have never coped in the wild before. The hungry animals now pose a threat to other domesticated animals, and may die painful deaths themselves.
"These animals won't have any problems breaking into a henhouse or a rabbit hatch," fur producer Ole Nese told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Monday.
Nese, his neighbours and colleagues managed to recapture around 2,000 of the animals released from his farm in Re township over the weekend. Others were being shot, in order to prevent them from suffering in the wild.
"These are animals that have lived in captivity for 80 generations, and that otherwise would starve or freeze to death in the wild," said Bjørn Dag Gundersen of the Norwegian Fur Breeders' Association (Norges pelsdyralslag).
The Norwegian chapter of the Animal Liberation Front
http://www.dyrenesfrigjoringsfront.com/ taken responsibility for releasing the animals late last week.
Some critics have fired off angry reactions, calling the animal rights activists themselves "animal tormentors" who "let loose animals who don't have a chance of surviving on their own."
Police in Vestfold, southwest of Oslo, continued to investigate the case on Monday.