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Release of 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Three simultaneous raids on 3 separate mink farms took place on 14th October in the autonomous community of Galicia in the northwest of Spain. According to Spanish media, a total of 17,000 mink were released from cages on the three unrelated fur farms located dozens of kilometres apart from each other.

Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms
October 18, 2006
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Three simultaneous raids on 3 separate mink farms took place on 14th October in the autonomous community of Galicia in the northwest of Spain. According to Spanish media, a total of 17,000 mink were released from cages on the three unrelated fur farms located dozens of kilometres apart from each other.

The biggest liberation took place at a farm belonging to well-known mink breeder and fur garment designer, Charo Carillo. Media reports claim 10,500 mink were released from the farm located in Oza Dos Ríos. The farm is considered one of the 10 most valuable mink breeding facilities in the world by the fur industry.

According to the reports, Carillo had been away on business in Denmark, where she had received accolades for her 20 years of work in breeding mink. News reports showed a tearful Carillo explaining that her 20 years of genetic research and documentation would never be recovered and that she would now have to start all over again.

Activists apparently were unable to create an escape route through the surrounding security fencing on the Carillo farm, and therefore removed the farm's 3 outer doors and used them as ramps for the mink to scale, giving the animals a choice of either running through the open space or using ramps to climb the fence. The farm was estimated to have housed 11,000 mink. As of the publication of this article, it is unclear how many of the mink have since been recaptured and there have been reports that some have possible been killed by neighbours.

Although no arrests have yet been made, science students from Santiago and A Coruña are being questioned. According to police, these are the same people who were suspected of having carried out similar liberations in Galicia in July 2005 in which 30,000 mink were released from one farm, resulting in its closure.

In Negreira, 600 mink escaped from a small farm through a hole cut into the fencing in the back part of the farm. It is reported that more than 600 were initially released from their cages, though only 600 were able to find the escape route, causing a nuisance for the farm's owner, who had to scramble to cover the hole and recapture the loose animals remaining on his property. Newspapers report that the owner made threatening statements towards those responsible for the raid.

One of the mink released in MurosThe third farm, located in Muros, had 6,000 mink released from the property. Activists used a hammer and bolt cutters to cut through locks and fences and a bag of rotten fish to entice the mink through the hole in the fencing.

Activists stated in their communiqué on the Muros raid that "...every animal who can enjoy freedom should be free, no matter what his/her race, sex or species is. No argument can justify speciesist slavery.

The only environmental terrorism is to let this business keep going. These farms are contaminating the environment with waste and are destroying the ocean life through over-fishing to find food for minks.

[And] while fur farmers say that [cage bred] minks do not survive in the wild: where they will not survive is in the cages, where they have no escape. They inevitably all end up as a fur coat."

While the raids have given some mink the opportunity to live out their lives in freedom, they also served what could perhaps be called a more important purpose by sparking debates on television and national and local newspapers about the necessity and ethics of fur garments. Though condemning the raids, newspapers have featured articles that mention the cruelty involved in the fur trade and the damage the industry causes to the environment by breeding non-native animals.

Galicia is an important region to the fur industry for mink breeding. 40 mink farms still operate throughout the region. Police and fur industry officials now worry that these recent raids, including last year's, will encourage other activists to carry out similar acts.


 


Communique received by activists in Spain:

"14th of october we carried out an action for Animal Liberation in the farm of the mercenary Jesus Troitiño Rial, in Negreira, were he kept 5000 mink waiting in small cages to be killed and cut open to get their fur by the evil fur industry.

We showed in this way our purpose to fight speciesm in general and our determination to achieve freedom to every animal encaged. Each one of the mink that is running free at this moment is for us a reason of celebration.

Since the beginning we knew that the mass media would attack us with arguments used by the fur industry, but none of these arguments are valid.

First of all every animal who can enjoy freedom should be free, doesnt matter his race, sex or species. No argument can justify the speciest slavery.

There is no such environmental destruction. Mink are animals totally territorial and they spread themselves in the environment to find their own territory. This way they do the work that years ago the European mink were doing, now a days exterminated by the fur industry. This argument can be found in lots of ethology books about this species.

The only environmental terrorism is to let this business keep going. These farms are contaminating the environment with excrement and are destroying the seas fishing to find food for the minks.

The furriers also say that mink are not going to survive in wild; where they are not going to survive is in the cages. No one can escape from them, all finish in a fur coat.

Until the fur industry is disappeared
Until the last mink is free
FLA"

How well is the environment for mink in Galicia? Can they survive well on their own there?

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 02:10 PM PDT

I'll post this here again, but it is the same thing I point out each and every time an ALF action is criticized on these grounds.

There are two reasons an ALF action may be undertaken, one is to immediately relieve the suffering of the animal or to remove it from a situation where it faces such suffering. The other is to inflict damages upon the systemic forces (like the fur industry) that benifit from suffering so that the "system" of suffering is brought down.

In my mind, the one is a little more emotional, the other a little more pragmatic. It is true that farmed animals (forget about appropriate climate, ANY farmed animal) will be inferior to thier wild counterparts. Chances are liberated animals that are set free (as opposed to housed in safe human held places) die pretty quick. Who know what happened along these lines here, but who cares? The pragmatic outcome of an action like this is the detrimental effect it has on the fur industry (or this one fur-farmer as a single manifestation of it). This is important beyond the outcome for these particular mink....

Think about it, the way the industry works, 17,000 mink are one season, one batch of fur so to speak. That means roughly 17000 animals every "batch". If this guy goes out of business, its not just 17000 less mink he gets to fuck with this batch, but 17000 less he gets for each and every possible future "batch".

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Why on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 04:12 PM PDT

You're forgetting the impact of removing 17k mink from the market. *Other* mink producers make more money from such an event, able to charge more because demand is increased. So yeah, you put one mink farmer out of business. You empowered another, though. One who will grow to have security guards and mine fields and stuff.

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 06:21 PM PDT

That'd be horrid if only it was true. Especially when multiple mink breeders were sabotaged.

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Why on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 06:36 PM PDT

Even if they took out every single mink producer in the world, the demand for mink would skyrocket to beyond comprehension (and there might even be a mink bubble). Anyway, google news says 70% of the have been found dead. No idea how many are "recoverable" but probably not many. Sad, especially when it doesn't result in these producers being shut down. But at least they tried.

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 08:57 PM PDT

better for them to have died in the wild than at the hands of their 'owners'. one little taste of freedom before death beats zero freedom before death, non?

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 08:30 AM PDT

You've based your economics/supply vs demand argument on the assumption that demand for fur is static. I'd say that's wrong and it's why protests and flyers are important. I recall being the freaky vegetarian kid 30 years ago, and see how now my kids' school lunch menus have vegetarian options every meal.....and SHAC was so succesful based on demos...
But beyond that, you argue that limiting supply of fur will raise the price, thus empowering other fur producers...I think a stronger assertion would be that due to a combination of increased risks, additional costs from insurance premiums to security staff and decreasing general demand for the fur, killing mink will be less and less appealing...

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 12:27 PM PDT

In retrospect 17k is hardly a drop in the pond, so nevermind my comments.

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 08:35 AM PDT

They were going to be killed anyways. I like how we have to have condemning statements every single time an action takes place.

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 03:22 PM PDT

Awesome!

I think everyone should check out the new issue of "Bite Back", in regards to the issue, "Is releasing animals back into the wild good for them".

www.directaction.info

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, October 18 2006 @ 03:29 PM PDT

Yeah! Good job comrades. I'd also like to point out that I believe that doing actions like this is good, and wasting time on printing fliers and having rallies seems to waste a lot of time and just piss the public off. Keep up the actions, and work on human liberation as well- their minds need to be set free before people will not look at these actions/beliefs as criminal.

Solidarity!
~A

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 09:37 AM PDT

The mink are doomed to an early death either way, they should have never been bred in the first place. I can't believe that enough people still buy furs to wear these days to make it profitable.

European Mink are still naturally found in small populations in the wild in certain parts of Spain and historically they were found throughout just about all of Europe so it is unlikely that they would pose a great threat to native wildlife.

So lets please not join the government, the fur farmers and bourgeois press in condemning these brave activists who out of no profit to themselves released a few soon to be barbarously butchered mink. They did the right thing and as best as it could be done under the circumstances and they deserve our support, even if that support is only moral.

T.Rios

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 09:48 AM PDT

At least the bourgeois press in this case is only referring to the activists as Eco-vandals and not under the more politically loaded buzzword 'Eco-terrorists' as they tend to do out here in the 'good' ole U.S. of A.

T.Rios

news.yahoo.com/s/ap/spain_fugitive_mink

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 02:26 PM PDT

The coporate media just re-vomit the statements of the fur industry and the police who are economicly biased;yet you people will believe the "70% are dead" spin.This same thing was said in Canada and this was false because all the dead minks the propagandists could come with was two,after a liberation,and they could of been hit by the fur farmers and police cars.

What do you people think would of happened to these mammals anyway on the fur "farm"? Were they going to be stroked and cuddled and played with! Ofcourse not, they were confined for future death for their pelts for the fur industry.

Keep believing the corporate media's industry spin,who don't say a caring jot when millions of mammals are enslaved killed on fur "farms" but do when the enslaved mammals are liberated;so they can present the liberators as dumb and stupid and parade unsubstaniated assertions as "fact".

The same propaganda is used when there are animal liberations from vivisection labs,with the added scare of the animals are infected with a disease and the whole population is at risk!

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Spanish ALF release 17,000 mink from 3 separate farms

Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, October 19 2006 @ 02:40 PM PDT

just goes to show, the state views terrorism as purely a threat to business interests, while people can go fuck themselves.

According to reports in major Spanish newspapers, more than 17,000 mink were released from cages at three fur farms in Galicia (northwest Spain, bordering Portugal).

The biggest raid was in Oza Dos Ríos where 10,500 mink were released. This farm belongs to Charo Carrillo, one of the main furriers in Spain. Between 500-1000 mink were recaptured, the rest remain free. Charo told the media that the raid destroyed 20 years of her research into breeding mink.

Another farm was attacked in Muros, where about 6,000 mink were released. (Read communique from the raid below.)

At a farm in Negreira, 600 mink made their escape. (Read communique from the raid below.)

Media reported that the three raids took place almost simultaneously. Police suspect that the activists who participated in these raids are the same who liberated animals at other farms in Galicia; during one raid in July 2005 thousands of mink escaped, resulting in the closure of the farm.

Photos from media reports:

Communique received by activists in Spain:

"14th of october we carried out an action for Animal Liberation in the farm of the mercenary Jesus Troitiño Rial, in Negreira, were he kept 5000 mink waiting in small cages to be killed and cut open to get their fur by the evil fur industry.

We showed in this way our purpose to fight speciesm in general and our determination to achieve freedom to every animal encaged. Each one of the mink that is running free at this moment is for us a reason of celebration.

Since the beginning we knew that the mass media would attack us with arguments used by the fur industry, but none of these arguments are valid.

First of all every animal who can enjoy freedom should be free, doesnt matter his race, sex or species. No argument can justify the speciest slavery.

There is no such environmental destruction. Mink are animals totally territorial and they spread themselves in the environment to find their own territory. This way they do the work that years ago the European mink were doing, now a days exterminated by the fur industry. This argument can be found in lots of ethology books about this species.

The only environmental terrorism is to let this business keep going. These farms are contaminating the environment with excrement and are destroying the seas fishing to find food for the minks.

The furriers also say that mink are not going to survive in wild; where they are not going to survive is in the cages. No one can escape from them, all finish in a fur coat.

Until the fur industry is disappeared
Until the last mink is free
FLA"

Spanish version:
"La pasado 14 de octubre realizamos un acto por la Liberación Animal en la granja del mercenario Jesus Troitiño Rial, en Negreira, donde manteía enjaulados 5000 visones esperando en diminutas jaulas ser masacrados y despellejados para la cruel industria peletera.

Demostramos así nuestra intención de combatir el especismo en general y nuestra disposición a dar la libertad a todos los animales enjaulados. Cada uno de estos visones que ahora corre libre es para nosotros un motivo de celebración.

Desde el primer momento sabíamos que los medios de comunicación nos criticarían con argumentos propios de la industria peletera, pero en realidad ninguno de estas críticas se sostiene.
En primer lugar todo animal con capacidad de disfrutar de la libertad debe ser libre, sin importar su raza, sexo o especie.

Ningun argumento puede justificar la esclavitud especista.

Los daños ambientales no son tales. Los visones son animales totalmente territoriales y ellos mismos se esparcen en el ecosistema en busca de su propia zona. Asi cubren el espacio que antes ocupaban los visones europeos, ya exterminados por la industria peletera. Esto se puede consultar en cualquier libro de etología sobre esta especie.

El verdadero terrorismo ecologico es dejar que estos negocios destructivos sigan adelante. Estas granjas contaminan con los purines y provocan la sobreexplotación de recursos pesqueros en busca de alimento para los visones.

Además dicen los peleteros que los visones no sobreviven en libertad, donde no sobreviven es en sus jaulas. Los peleteros no dejan uno vivo, todos acaban formando parte de un abrigo.

Hasta que desaparezca la industria de la piel.
Hasta que el último vison esté libre

FLA"


Communique received by activists in Spain:

"In the hills above the ocean we have totally emptied 7 sheds full of wonderful and harmless animals, who didnt realize that they have fur that some stupid humans dont feel embarrassed to wear.

To help them escape we opened the two doors and put ramps to let them climb the walls surrounding the farm. We took fish and meat from the refrigerator on the farm and put it close to the way out that we made for them, to show them the escape routes.

A tractor has been sabotaged, a hi-fi system that they used to listen to music while skinning the minks was destroyed. This small damage has a meaning: we shouldnt allow anyone enjoyment while abusing animals; no animal abuser should continue their work without facing problems.

Until liberation always!

F.L.A."

Spanish version:
"Comunicado de la Liberación de la granja de Muros
14-10-2006; Muros; Galicia

En las colinas situadas frente al océano hemos vaciado completamente las 7 naves llenas de preciosos e inofensivos animales, inconscientes de que tienen una piel que algunos estúpidos humanos todavía no se avergüenzan de vestir.

Para ayudarles a escapar abrimos las dos puertas y colocamos rámpas para que escalasen el muro que rodeaba la granja. Robamos escado y carne de las cámaras frigoríficas de la granja y las colocámos por fuera de la granja cerca de las salidas que les habíamos preparado, con el fín de que las encontrasen con facilidad y escapasen.

Un tractor ha sido saboteado; una minicadena que empleaban para escuchar música mientras despellejaban a los visones ha sido destrozada. Este pequeño daño tiene un fuerte mensaje: No debemos permitir que nadie se divierta mientras explota animales, ningún explotador de animales debe continuar su trabajo sin encontrar ningún problema.

┬íHasta la liberación siempre!

F.L.A."
 

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