following is a response editorial by Chatham 3 defendant, Gary Yourofsky, that
he wrote to counter an editorial written in the Oakland University Post about
the mink raid in Chatham, Ontario. Read the original article
or just read Gary's rebuttal (which is much better!) below.
It's a shame
that the media and a majority of society fell into the typical scam perpetuated
by police and dishonorable individuals. Most choose to believe the words of the
police, even though their job is to make themselves look impeccable while making
the accused look corrupt, and the statements made by mink killers, who barbarically
kill animals for a living. The latter was most disturbing because the mink killers
were only trying to intercept the public's sympathy from animal freedom fighters.
According to the furriers, 400 mink allegedly died on Easter Sunday from
car accidents and pneumonia after being released from their pathetic 12"
x 18" wire cages. However, if 400 mink died that night, then Ted Nugent is
a member of PETA and Richard Jewell bombed Centennial Park. For the record, Nugent
shoots animals for fun and Jewell was exonerated from any association with the
Olympic bombing after originally being found guilty by careless journalists who
write whatever they're told.
Why does manipulative hype prevail over common
sense and investigative inquiries? During my ten days of incarceration in Chatham,
Ontario, four were spent in front of Justice of the Peace Elaine Babcock for a
bail hearing. Then, on my request, my lawyer asked the owners of Ebert's Animal
Concentration Camp to provide proof of the purported 400 dead mink. They were
asked to do so by either bringing in photos, dead bodies, or testifying under
oath. Then, surprisingly, the death toll quickly descended from 400 to 300 to
200 to 100 to 20. And, even though 20 deaths are unfortunate, 20 squirrels, raccoons,
and opossums collectively die in a certain locate on any given night from unnatural
It's thoroughly amusing that the media and a majority of society
get so angry when enslaved, tortured animals are liberated. Yet, they don't get
upset when enslaved, tortured animals spend their pathetic lives [breathing in
fumes from] their own excrement, gassed, or anally electrocuted.
clarify a few issues. Mink are wild animals. And no amount of genetic altering
or breeding can take away their instinctive, survival genes. Plus, mink do not
get pneumonia running freely through a field. Actually, owners of mink farms get
pneumonia seeing their profits running freely through a field. According to the
Chatham court, these are the official numbers on the mink: 1,500 released; 1,000
captured; 480 escaped; and 20 dead from cars (most likely those of the farm workers
who were trying to recapture the liberated mink). Also, of the 1,000 recaptured
mink, the best news is that 70 to 80 percent were pregnant and were expected to
abort or miscarry their fetuses.
The animals rights community does not want
animals bred into enslavement for profit. A miscarriage is 10,000 times more dignified
and humane than a lifetime of imprisonment, horror, and eventual murder.
pseudo-journalists would use their heads instead of trying to fit into the sleazy
world of media-hype, they could have actually produced a brilliant story on animal
rights humanitarians and the current paradoxes in our society. For instance, why
is it a crime punishable by up to two years in prison for freeing tortured and
enslaved animals, but it's not a crime to torture, enslave, and brutally murder
animals? Moreover, why do property rights supersede the right to life and freedom?
Furthermore, it's disgraceful that true animal rights humanitarians, who
fight all forms of injustice and inequity, were described as terrorists. The FBI
and ATF have always stated that no human injury has ever occurred from the animal
liberation movement. And that's because it's an unwritten rule that if someone
chooses to free animals, physical harm to humans is absolutely prohibited.
conclusion, taking statements without questioning the source is contemptible.
Why would responsible journalists heed the words of the police, who are experts
at manipulation, and abject furriers who collectively murder 40 million animals
a year for money?
People who put their lives on the line for a cause should
be commended not condemned. Martin Luther King, Jr. once stated, "There are
some things so dear--some things so precious--some things so eternally true--that
they are worth dying for. And if a man has not discovered something that he will
die for--he isn't fit to live."
I wholeheartedly concur.