Two fur farms in the U.S. have been raided by the Animal
Liberation Front more than any others: Brainards Mink Ranch (Snohomish, WA,
raided five times) and the Carmel Mink Ranch (Hinsdale, MA, raided four
times). In the last several months, both farms have been reported closed.
Brainard's Mink Ranch was the closest known mink farm to Seattle, and
saw a total of five mink releases as far back as 1996. Carmel Mink Ranch was
the closest mink farm to Boston, and in 1997 four activists were arrested in
a raid at the farm. In that action, six mink were liberated before police
It is unlikely the A.L.F. can be directly credited for the
closures -- Brainard's Mink Ranch was last raided in 2001, while Carmel Mink
Ranch was last visited by the A.L.F. in 2007. However the closures will
perhaps bring a little peace to those who have visited their sheds in many
overnight actions over the years and given freedom to their prisoners.
- Peter Young