Police- A.L.F. tactics shut down Astoria mink farm
When activists set fire to equipment and a barn at the Ylipelto Fur Farm in
Astoria, Oregon Tuesday, police say the farm had been closed for over six
months. And the farm didn't go the way of a graceful retirement, police say -
two previous mink liberations forced the farm to shut down.
The following quote from Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin is among the best
endorsements of direct action ever offered. Referring to the Ylipelto Fur Farm's
"They had all kinds of incidents out there," Bergin said. "They got rid of all
their minks because they had been released twice. There's been all kinds of
crazy stuff. They are an older couple. They said, 'We're tired, we're done.'"
Ylipelto Mink Farm has been the site of two mink liberations in recent
years. The first occurred in October 2008, where 1,500 mink were released.
The second raid occurred October 4th, 2009, when 300 mink were released. The
farm closed in December, 2009, two months after the second raid.
In the past, mink farms have made statements to the media claiming to be closed
(presumably to escape being targeted by activists), only later to be found to
have lied. Only an independent on-site investigation of the farm will confirm
its closure, but if closed, the twice-targeted Ylipelto Fur Farm showcases the
power of militant intervention in animal exploitation.
The Ylipelto Fur Farm is another victory in the Animal Liberation Front(and
other anonymous groups)'s clandestine war to save animals from exploitation
where legal means have failed. We must give gratitude to the heroes who brought
this sick business to its end.
- Peter Young
Activsts Take Credit for Oregon Mink Farm Arson
Received anonymously by above-ground activists in the U.S.: A communique taking
credit for an arson at the Ylipelto Fur Farm in Astoria, Oregon (read the full
story of this action in this morning's post
The full communique is as follows:
"We delivered eight incendiary devices to the lovely folks at Ylipelto's Fur
Farm, at 92659 Simonsen Loop Road in Astoria on the morning of July 27th. It is
nice to see that the enslavement, torture, and death of thousands of innocent
creatures affords certain people luxuries like boats, nice cars, and various
(expensive, no doubt) "farm machinery, and we were more than happy to alleviate
them of these. A careful attack sent structures up in flame both in the front
and rear of the property, simultaneously. We hope that this can leave an
impression on our friends, Veikko & Eeva, that making such a living off of the
subjugation of sentient creatures (for something as selfish and disgusting as
the fashion industry, no less) will not be tolerated. We hope that others like
them will also consider where their priorities lie (the nearby Wilkinson &
Stunkard farms, to name a couple), and decide whether or not they'd like to be
next. --Don't think that you've be given a choice; your actions serve as your