A man who served six months in Dane County Jail for freeing minks from
being skinned returned to Madison for the first time as a free man
Peter Young started a two-year prison sentence in fall 2005 after
freeing between 8,000 and 12,000 minks from five different farms in
the Midwest. Young was convicted under the Animal Enterprise
Protection Act, according to Madison Coalition for Animal Rights
member Kevin Carey.
"[The act] is a way to silence us because the government doesn't agree
with our opinions, and it's a way to protect corporate profits," Carey
Young wanted to speak at UW to help people understand why he chose to
violate the Animal Enterprise Protection Act, he said, and why animal
rights activists are willing to commit such controversial acts for
"I have been motivated by what I've seen with my own eyes," Young
said. "It's a tremendous burden to carry with you when you know too
much. The only way to make it go away is if you go out after the sun
sets and do what needs to get done."
According to Carey, people who raid fur and factory farms consider
themselves part of the Animal Liberation Front. Other tactics
participants use to fight for animal rights include targeting contract
animal testing companies such as Covance and Huntington Life Science.
These companies provide animal testing as a service, and anyone can
hire them to do research on products like cosmetics and
Carey said ALF is completely underground, their efforts to free
factory and laboratory animals are in affiliation with ALF and there
are no official members or meetings.