Twice-raided Ylipelto Mink Farm Destroyed
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.
current communique reads, in full:
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.
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.
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).
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.
by Peter Young and the Press Office
Animal Liberation Press Office
6320 Canoga Avenue #1500
Woodland Hills, CA 91367