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Fire & Explosions Rock Oregon Mink Farm

comment: "Because a closed farm is an unlikely A.L.F. target, an insurance fraud motive should be suspected by investigators."

Saboteurs claim responsibility for torching former mink farm near Astoria
July 28, 2010
Bryan Denson, The Oregonian


Underground saboteurs claimed responsibility today for the firebombing on Tuesday of a mink farm near Astoria, the first arson attack by animal-rights activists in Oregon in years.

"We delivered eight incendiary devices to the lovely folks at Ylipeltos Fur Farm," the arsonists claimed in an anonymous communique. "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," they wrote.

The communique, published online by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, said the arsonists simultaneously attacked the front and rear of the mink farm to leave an impression on those subjugating animals for profit.

The fires reportedly damaged a building, boat, car, two forklifts and a front-end loader at 92659 Simonsen Loop Road. But Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said the property owners had gotten rid of their mink after activists broke in and released many of their animals. "They are an older couple, "Bergin said. "They said, 'We're tired, we're done.' There are not even any mink out there and these people come back."

Animal-rights activists broke into the mink farm and released animals in 2008 and 2009, according to Peter Young, who served two years in federal prison for a string of 1997 mink releases in the Midwest. Young said he strongly supported Tuesday's attack, which is under investigation by the FBI and U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. "I think that people are aware that releasing mink from a farm can potentially shut farms down," he said. "But using incendiary devices can get the job done much more efficiently."

Young's underground campaign against the fur industry freed 8,000 to 12,000 of the animals in Iowa, South Dakota and Wisconsin during 1997. The activist, who grew up in the Seattle area, was wanted for seven years before his arrest. A decade ago, Oregon became a national hub for eco-saboteurs after militant animal-rights activists and radical environmentalists joined forces. They sometimes broke into small underground "cells" to torch enterprises they accused of despoiling the natural world. Many of their crimes were committed under the banner of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front, which the FBI classifies as the nation's most prolific domestic terrorist organizations.

Their firebombings subsided in Oregon about eight years ago after crackdowns by task forces of state, local and federal investigators. Their investigations put several people behind bars and made fugitives of others. Young said he doubted law enforcement pressure put an end to the arsons in Oregon, and he suspected that the saboteurs who carried out Tuesday's attack thought the mink farm was going to reopen.

"People who carry out these actions do their research," he said. "If the mink farm was in fact closed, the activists were almost certainly aware of that fact and chose to strike it anyway."

-- Bryan Denson



Twice-raided Ylipelto Mink Farm Destroyed

Jul 28th, 2010
by Peter Young and the Press Office

Astoria, Oregon: In an anonymous communique received by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, animal liberation activists have taken credit for the destruction of Ylipelto Mink Farm in Astoria, Oregon. The farm has been the target of 2 previous raids by animal liberationists; the first occurred in October 2008, when 1,500 mink were released in a raid claimed by the �Vegan Straight Edge�. The second raid occurred October 4th, 2009, when 300 mink were released; at 1:23 AM that morning, a farmer reported to police that someone was �releasing her mink�, indicating the liberators were spotted in the act, but escaped un-arrerested. No group took credit for that raid.

The current communique reads, in full:
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 voice.

Owner Henry Pelto stated he awoke at 3 am to the sound of explosions, and found several pieces of equipment on fire. The owner revealed new information after the fire: after being targeted twice by activists, the Ylipelto farm shut down in December 2009. 

This marks the second Oregon fur farm to apparently shut down after an animal liberationist raid. The S&N Fur Farm in Scio, Oregon was found to be empty in a summer 2009 investigation as part of the Fur Farm Intelligence Project (although there is conflicting evidence indicating the farm may still be open, or reopening in the near future). That farm was raided by the A.L.F. in September, 2008. Astoria is the largest mink farming town in Oregon, home to five known mink farms (and another possible farm that is unconfirmed).

Imprisoned in cages for life, fur-bearing animals are forced to endure intensive confinement, compared to the miles of territory these animals would enjoy in the wild - their natural state. The natural instincts of these captive animals are completely frustrated; self-mutilation, sickness, infection, poor sanitation and the sheer stress of confinement lead animals to premature death. When they survive, animals of sufficient size are killed by anal electrocution or gassing, then skinned. Whereas reports from the fur industry have surfaced that liberations were harmful to the animals, the Animal Liberation Front (ALF) and other organizations have a long history of successfully releasing animals into the wild. In addition to liberating the wild animals destined for a certain, painful and agonizing death, another goal of liberationists is to cause economic damage to fur farms; dozens of fur farming operations have seen economic ruin since "Operation Bite Back" began by the ALF in the 1990s.


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From Voice of the Voiceless:

Fire and explosions tear through the twice-raided Ylipelto Mink Farm in Oregon

After two successful raids, activists may have once again visited the Ylipelto Mink Farm in Oregon - this time to burn it down.

In the early hours of July 27th, a boat, car, two forklifts, front-end loader, and a barn were all damaged by fire. investigators have not yet ruled it arson, but have noted the farm has been targeted by the Animal Liberation Front in the past.

Owner Henry Pelto stated he awoke at 3 am to the sound of explosions, and found several pieces of equipment on fire.

The owner revealed new information after the fire: after being targeted twice by activists, the Ylipelto farm shut down in December 2009. While the there may be numerous contributing factors in the closure, it may be largely or wholly credited to the A.L.F.

This marks the second Oregon fur farm to apparently shut down after an A.L.F. raid. The S&N Fur Farm in Scio, Oregon was found to be empty in a summer 2009 investigation as part of the Fur Farm Intelligence Project (although there is conflicting evidence indicating the farm may still be open, or reopening in the near future). That farm was raided by the A.L.F. in September, 2008.

News of the Ylipelto farm's closure sheds doubt on police claims the fire may be the work of activists. Because a closed farm is an unlikely A.L.F. target, an insurance fraud motive should be suspected by investigators. Whoever is behind the fire, it would appear unlikely activists would target a closed mink farm, unless there was strong reason to believe the farm would reopen again in the future.

The 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 raid was claimed by the "Vegan Straight Edge".

The second raid occurred October 4th, 2009, when 300 mink were released. At 1:23 AM that morning, a farmer reported to police that someone was �releasing her mink�, indicating the liberators were spotted in the act, but escaped un-arrested. No group took credit for the raid.

Astoria is the largest mink farming town in Oregon, home to five known mink farms (and another possible farm that is unconfirmed).

No claim of responsibility has yet been made for the fire, and investigators have not yet ruled it arson.

The A.L.F. continues to strike major blows to the Oregon fur industry, which has already seen seven fur farm raids - and now, possibly its third A.L.F. arson.

- Peter Young


Underground saboteurs claimed responsibility today for the firebombing on Tuesday of a mink farm near Astoria, the first arson attack by animal-rights activists in Oregon in years.

"We delivered eight incendiary devices to the lovely folks at Ylipeltos Fur Farm," the arsonists claimed in an anonymous communique.

"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," they wrote.

The communique, published online by the North American Animal Liberation Press Office, said the arsonists simultaneously attacked the front and rear of the mink farm to leave an impression on those subjugating animals for profit.

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full story:
http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2010/07/saboteurs_claim_ responsibility_for_torching_former_mink_farm_near_astoria.html


SVENSEN, Ore. - Fires and explosions rocked a property east of Astoria that has been targeted in the past by animal rights activists, and investigators are looking into whether it was arson.

The fires destroyed a boat and melted its fiberglass hull, and nearby, a family sedan was apparently set on fire.
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If it was vandalism it wasn�t the first time. Animal rights activists were on the property in 2008 and released minks from cages, but the irony is there are no more mink on the property. The farm�s been shut down since December.
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Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, plus detectives from the Columbia County Sheriff�s Office combed the site for evidence but won�t say if it is an arson case or who might have set the blazes or why.

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full story: http://www.katu.com/news/local/99446414.html

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