shows released mink survive in the wild
to waste fur industry claims that A.L.F.-liberated mink do not survive in
the wild, a recent study published in April 2009 studies the survival rate
of captive-bred mink when released. The study, done in partnership with
Oxford University, tracked the survival of released mink over eight years.
The study found that none of the released mink died directly due to lack
of survival skills.
anecdotal evidence and quotes from wildlife biologists supported the possibility
of high survival rates for released mink. For example, view this article
on a (now removed) blog post from a Utah woman finding a mink in her yard
near the McMullin Fur Farm, 18 months after it was raided by the Animal
Mink Release Study
(viewed here), is titled "The survival of captive-born animals in restoration
programmes – Case study of the endangered European mink Mustela lutreola".
set out to answer the following questions:
is the survival rate of released mink and how does it change with time since
age, sex of an individual, and the conditions in which it is kept prior
to release, affect its subsequent survival in the wild?
are causes of mortality?
of the factors which could mitigate the relevance of this study are:
study was done with endangered European mink, not the commonly farmed North
study did not specify how many generations the mink had been bred in captivity
(though, as reprinted below, it concluded this was not relevant to survival).
Release Study Highlights
was no evidence that the number of generations for which the lineage of
the released individuals had been bred in captivity had any effect on survival."
mink survived for "up to 39 months"
main cause of death was other carnivores and raptors, although this broad
categorization may conceal a diversity of fatal scenarios."
deaths were caused by humans: one was shot, the second was hit by a car
and the third was beaten to death when venturing into a farmyard."
of the released European mink died within the first ten days. Survival decreased
by half in 38 days and then stabilized....Overall, we conclude that mink
adapt to the wild c. 1–1.5 months after release."
were found to have died (directly) due to lack of survival skills.
results show that genetically managed, long-term breeding programs within
the zoo community can be a source of individuals for re-introductions".
includes graphs charting survival rates and more.
wake of mink liberations by the A.L.F., the fur industry's stock-response,
without exception, is that released mink will not survive in the wild. They
are likely to have no comment on this recent study, which proves these soundbites
to be false.
have a study published in partnership with a major university, in a credible
academic journal, proving what the Animal Liberation Front and critical
thinkers have believed for years: farm-raised mink retain their wild instincts,
and when released, can reassimilate successfully into their native habitat.