A.L.F. struck a Texas fur farm for the first time on April 9th. Ten chinchillas
were liberated from the DeBerry, Texas-based Don Kelley Fur Farm. In an anonymous
call to a sympathetic animal rights group, the A.L.F. claimed credit for the action
and claimed that the animals would be put in loving homes.
Most fur farmers
kill chinchillas by either genital electrocution, foot to ear electrocution, or
neck-breaking. This is the first time the A.L.F. has liberated chinchillas during
this new anti-fur farm campaign, possibly because chinchillas are not known for
being good candidates for release into the wild. Due to the chinchilla's thick
coat, they cannot survive in temperatures much over 80 degrees. Mink and fox,
on the other hand, have been shown to thrive directly upon release from fur farms.
The A.L.F. claims that the chinchillas freed during this raid are now living
with human companions who will care for them and their needs.
this action, the A.L.F. moved towards Maryland where they raided the Frank Parsons
Mink and Ferret Farm. Five hundred mink were freed from their cages and breeding
records for all of the animals were destroyed.
Two years ago, Parsons was
caught on videotape killing mink by injecting Blackleaf 40 weed killer and rubbing
alcohol into their chests. The mink were going into convulsions and dying agonizing
deaths. Hopefully this raid will shut Parsons down and prevent any future animal
torture at this site.
Sweden has also seen a string of raids this year.
So far, five fur farms have been hit with animal liberations, stolen breeding
records, and destroyed equipment. At least one of these farms has closed down
now, which is a surprise, as most fur farms don't close until December when they
pelt out all of the remaining animals. A group called the Wild Minks has taken
responsibility for all of these raids except one where the A.L.F. freed two foxes.