Thursday, October 13th, 2011
By Chris Stein
The Pacific Northwest Inlander (Bloglander)
activists are being hunted by both Stevens' County sheriffs and the Federal
Bureau of Investigation after a raid on a rural mink farm Wednesday night.
More than 1,000 mink were released from cages at Miller's Mink Ranch at
2823 Addy-Gifford Rd. east of Gifford, Wash., according to a press release
posted on the website of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office,
a group that distributes communiques from � but says it is not affiliated
with � militant animal rights activists.
"The approximately two
square feet in which Miller's Mink Ranch cages two and sometimes three mink
for the whole of their lives is unspeakable," the release reads. "It is
unfortunately the standard for mink farms the world over."
release is titled "Communiqu� from Unnamed Activists."
for Spokane Frank Harrill says the bureau usually becomes involved in
actions by animal liberation groups due to the movement's prolonged campaign
He says there have been over 2,000 raids like this
one, costing $100 million in property damage since 1980.
would not say whether the FBI has yet identified any suspects.
farm was targeted "to cause as much economic damage as possible," says
Nicoal Sheen, a press officer for Los Angeles-based Press Office, which
posts press releases anonymously.
"Historically, what you have seen
is that these places close down because they cannot afford to be in
business" after their animals are released, Sheen says. "The fact is that
100 percent of these animals are going to be killed in the fur farms and are
going to suffer egregious death and torture before being killed for vanity."