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Russian ALF strikes breeding farm in biggest action ever
Arkangel has recently learned that a rodent breeding farm near Moscow was targeted by the Russian ALF on 2nd July in an action known to be the biggest of its kind ever in Russia.
According to the ALF communiqué, activists visited the Stolbovaya farm during daylight hours and carefully removed some of the windows in three of the buildings where animals were being housed in preparation for a night rescue operation. They returned during the night after employees had left for the day, broke locks on some of the doors, and removed approximately 10,000 hamsters, mice, and rats, pulling cages through the previously removed windows and damaged doors.
Activists also caused damage to farm equipment, furniture, and office equipment, left spray painted messages on walls, and used a fire extinguisher to further damage several offices.
"Because of lack of time, unfortunately we couldn't take away all animals. Leaving the buildings we damaged farm [equipment], furniture and left messages. Offices [were] spoiled by fire-extinguishers. All damages were made in rooms where [there] were no animals, so there were no victims," the communiqué stated.
Activists also reported finding and removing documents including employee records with personal information, and accounting and breeding records, which are vital to breeders selling animals for vivisection as some are specially bred to express certain genetic traits that might be seen as useful to researchers.
"Remember, we know your names and your faces and we are ready to stand up for animals you breed to mutilate and kill," stated the ALF communiqué.
Police are treating this action as a theft. The farm has claimed that they have sustained a total loss of 20 million rubles (approximately �400,691). No arrests have been made and police have found no leads as of yet.
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"July 2, Moscow region. It's announced in ALF communiqué that more than 10 thousand hamsters, mice and rats were taken away from breeding farm 'Stolbovaya': 'We took out windows from three buildings when it was daylight in order to come inside where cages with animals were located. When night came we took away tied cages through windows and doors. Door locks were specially broken to help move with tied cages. Because of lack of time, unfortunately we couldn't take away all animals. Leaving the buildings we damaged farm devices, furniture and left messages. Offices were spoiled by fire-extinguishers. All damages were made in rooms where were no animals, so there were no victims'. Activists also reported, that they founded documents at this breeding farm which proves that animals for breeders just objects for making profit, not alive beings. There are names and positions of employers of breeding farm in ALF communiqué and notification: 'Remember, we know your names and your faces and we are ready to stand up for animals you breed to mutilate and kill. It concerns farms director S.V. Titov and all others who spill animals blood to get profit'.
It was said in media that there was instituted crime case of theft. Press reported that animals were transported by car. Some of media sources said that animals were found in several kilometers of breeding farm. Administration of the breeding farm declared that it would take 9 months to restore the population of animals. There is no exact figure of loss, but according to different sources it is more than 20 million rubles (approx. 740 thousand US dollars). It was a number of publications in press about this action, as well as in internet media resources and on TV. During all time ALF exist in Russia it's the biggest action."