300 Mink Released in Astoria Oregon
Early Sunday morning animal rights extremists broke into Carl Salo’s mink farm near Astoria, Oregon, releasing approximately 300 animals. Carl’s foreman was alerted around 1:30 AM when the alarms were tripped, and upon arrival saw that cages had been opened and holes had been cut in the perimeter fence. Carl immediately alerted the police and with the help of his friends and neighbors, rescued all but about 40 of the scared and confused mink. By this morning all the mink had been accounted for.
“My poor animals don’t stand a chance in the wild,” said Carl. “It only takes a day or 2 before they die of thirst.” Carl praised the efforts of his neighbors; “I feel so blessed to live in such a supportive community. These people came out in the middle of the night to help me.”
The FBI is investigating the crime, and the perpetrators may be subject to prosecution under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. No claims of guilt have yet surfaced.
Carl is a 3rd-generation mink farmer who employs many local residents. Oregon mink farmers employ hundreds of people, and generate millions of dollars for the state economy.