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Operation Bite Back-Part I
Fact Sheet

The Animal Liberations Front's, Operation Bite Back part I began in the early 90's and was directed mainly at fur research facilities and feed suppliers. Operation Bite Back Part II was from '95 and is still active while primarily focusing on fur farms.

Operation Bite Back started with the knowledge that mink are native to North America, and are not domesticated on fur farms. This knowledge was produced mainly from extensive research conducted by now-imprisoned A.L.F. activist Rod Coronodo. Rod and others began this research in 1990 with the Coalition Against Fur Farms (CAFF) which rehabilitated 60 mink two bobcats, and two lynx from a closed fur farm.

This study showed that mink are able to hunt for food, reproduce, and successfully survive in their natural habitat-if given the chance. Animals on fur farms have little to no human contact except for when they are killed or vivisected. Anal electrocution, neck snapping, poisoning, suffocation and being skinned alive are all routine methods for killing the animals.

This allows for them to keep their natural instincts to survive in the wild, along with the fact they have only been imprisoned on fur farms for a few generations. Mink farms started in the 1900's, but most closed during World War I. so, it wasn't until the 1930's, that mink were taken out of the wild for breeding purposes.

Ecologically, mink and other natural predators fit nicely into the ecosystem that surround them. Most other predators have been decimated by humans, which leaves an opportunity for mink to assist in natural predator control.

Highlights of Operation Bite Back - Part I

The Malecky Mink Ranch processing plant closes from arson in 1991. Literally countless other actions help decimate the fur industry to near extinction. While this list represents some of the larger actions, it's important to remember that smaller actions against the fur industry took place across North America almost every week. The majority of actions includes locks glued, and messages etched on windows. These next actions show the high price the fur industry is made to pay for exploiting animals. Two animal abusers have been closed after effective A.L.F. actions.

June 10, 1991 - Corvalis, OR; Oregon State University Experimental Fur Farm, files & videotapes were removed, equipment destroyed and slogans spray painted on the walls. Timed incendiary devices were left in a supply barn, which ignited destroying one barn and damaging another. $150,000 damage. They are now CLOSED after this successful A.L.F. action.

June 15, 1991 - Edmonds, WA; Northwest Fur Farm Foods Cooperative the feed producer for fur farms across the Northwest is entered, slogans spray painted on walls and incendiary devices left. They ignited early in the morning causing over $1,000,000 in damage. They are now CLOSED after this successful A.L.F. action.

August 13, 1991 - Pullman, WA; Washington State University, Bustard Hall had two offices of Dr. John Gorham broken into [where files were removed. Computers, equipment, and files were destroyed with messages spray painted]. Also the USDA's Wildlife Biology Furbearer Research Facility was entered by cutting fences and padlocks, slogans were spray painted. Six mink, seven coyotes, and ten mice are liberated. $150,000 damage.

December 21, 1991 - Yamhill, OR; A timed incendiary device ignites at Malecky Mink Ranch processing plant causing extensive damage, closing it for good. $125,000 damage.

February 27, 1992 - East Lansing, MI; Michigan State University Experimental Fur Farm was broken into, two mink liberated and later released. The Anthony Hall office of Richard Aulerich was broken into, files were removed, slogans spray painted and an incendiary device was left which ignited. $200,000 damage.

October 24, 1992 - Logan, UT; USDA Predator Research Station, 29 coyotes released and one building set on fire. Slogans spray painted. $600,000 damage.

October 24, 1992 - Millville, UT; Head researcher Frederick Knowlton's office on campus is broken into, files taken and a incendiary devices left which ignite. $10,000 damage.

But this was only the beginning...
Operation Bite Back Part II was around the corner...

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