Don't Believe Oppressors' Lies
The following is a response editorial by Chatham 3
defendant, Gary Yourofsky, that he wrote to counter an editorial written in the
Oakland University Post about the mink raid in Chatham, Ontario. Read the
original article or
just read Gary's rebuttal (which is much better!) below.
by Gary Yourofsky
It's a shame that the media and a majority of society fell into the typical
scam perpetuated by police and dishonorable individuals. Most choose to believe
the words of the police, even though their job is to make themselves look
impeccable while making the accused look corrupt, and the statements made by
mink killers, who barbarically kill animals for a living. The latter was most
disturbing because the mink killers were only trying to intercept the public's
sympathy from animal freedom fighters.
According to the furriers, 400 mink allegedly died on Easter Sunday from car
accidents and pneumonia after being released from their pathetic 12" x 18" wire
cages. However, if 400 mink died that night, then Ted Nugent is a member of PETA
and Richard Jewell bombed Centennial Park. For the record, Nugent shoots animals
for fun and Jewell was exonerated from any association with the Olympic bombing
after originally being found guilty by careless journalists who write whatever
Why does manipulative hype prevail over common sense and investigative
inquiries? During my ten days of incarceration in Chatham, Ontario, four were
spent in front of Justice of the Peace Elaine Babcock for a bail hearing. Then,
on my request, my lawyer asked the owners of Ebert's Animal Concentration Camp
to provide proof of the purported 400 dead mink. They were asked to do so by
either bringing in photos, dead bodies, or testifying under oath. Then,
surprisingly, the death toll quickly descended from 400 to 300 to 200 to 100 to
20. And, even though 20 deaths are unfortunate, 20 squirrels, raccoons, and
opossums collectively die in a certain locate on any given night from unnatural
It's thoroughly amusing that the media and a majority of society get so angry
when enslaved, tortured animals are liberated. Yet, they don't get upset when
enslaved, tortured animals spend their pathetic lives [breathing in fumes from]
their own excrement, gassed, or anally electrocuted.
Let me clarify a few issues. Mink are wild animals. And no amount of genetic
altering or breeding can take away their instinctive, survival genes. Plus, mink
do not get pneumonia running freely through a field. Actually, owners of mink
farms get pneumonia seeing their profits running freely through a field.
According to the Chatham court, these are the official numbers on the mink:
1,500 released; 1,000 captured; 480 escaped; and 20 dead from cars (most likely
those of the farm workers who were trying to recapture the liberated mink).
Also, of the 1,000 recaptured mink, the best news is that 70 to 80 percent were
pregnant and were expected to abort or miscarry their fetuses.
The animals rights community does not want animals bred into enslavement for
profit. A miscarriage is 10,000 times more dignified and humane than a lifetime
of imprisonment, horror, and eventual murder.
If pseudo-journalists would use their heads instead of trying to fit into the
sleazy world of media-hype, they could have actually produced a brilliant story
on animal rights humanitarians and the current paradoxes in our society. For
instance, why is it a crime punishable by up to two years in prison for freeing
tortured and enslaved animals, but it's not a crime to torture, enslave, and
brutally murder animals? Moreover, why do property rights supersede the right to
life and freedom?
Furthermore, it's disgraceful that true animal rights humanitarians, who
fight all forms of injustice and inequity, were described as terrorists. The FBI
and ATF have always stated that no human injury has ever occurred from the
animal liberation movement. And that's because it's an unwritten rule that if
someone chooses to free animals, physical harm to humans is absolutely
In conclusion, taking statements without questioning the source is
contemptible. Why would responsible journalists heed the words of the police,
who are experts at manipulation, and abject furriers who collectively murder 40
million animals a year for money?
People who put their lives on the line for a cause should be commended not
condemned. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, "There are some things so
dear--some things so precious--some things so eternally true--that they are
worth dying for. And if a man has not discovered something that he will die
for--he isn't fit to live."
I wholeheartedly concur.