November 18, 2011
Animal Liberationists Make Claim for Oregon Mink
Release of September 24
Astoria, Oregon: In a communique received
recently by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, activists
have taken credit for the mink farm break-in, mink release and destruction
of breeding records at an Oregon fur farm in late September. Only two months
before they were slated to be killed by fur farmers, 300 mink were liberated
September 24 from the fur farm located on Savola Road near Astoria.
While overall mink farm liberations have declined since the late-1990s, they
have surged in Oregon. This was the fourth mink liberation in the Astoria
area alone in the past three years. In July 2010, the Animal Liberation
Front took credit for setting fire to to several vehicles and a barn at
the Ylipelto Fur Farm, also in Astoria. October 4, 2009 saw another 300
mink released from the same location, which was also the site of the release
of 1,500 mink in 2008.
The current communique reads, in full:
On the evening of September 24, we visited the mink farm on Savola Road
in the outskirts of Astoria, Oregon, cutting holes in their fences before
making our way through their sheds and opening cages.
cancerous and deadly to every life it comes into contact with. We're not
interested in reforms and stall tactics, nor in the continuance of a culture
that views lives as an economic resource.
On these cooling autumn
nights we warm our fingers on the breeding records we took from your sheds
and throw into our fire, and take comfort in seeing that some of us still
have it in them to run into the wilderness beyond the fences.
those whose sympathies lie with laws and commerce over lives, look around:
retailers and restaurants are catching fire, windows are broken, tires
slashed, and security costs are rising. Now might be a good time to consider
another line of work.
This action was dedicated to the radical
teachers, gardeners and foragers, to those embezzling from corporations,
sharing indigenous skills, setting fires, molotoving cops, and all those
working to challenge capitalism's deathgrip in their own communities. Your
work inspires us.
Fewer calls to action, more action.
The Gordon Shumway Brigade apparently refers to
the main character in a 1980's television show, ALF, which stood for 'alien
life form'. ALF is also an abbreviation for the Animal Liberation Front, a
clandestine group of animal liberationists who liberate animals from
conditions of abuse and inflict economic sabotage on those who profit from