FUR COMMISSION USA PRESS RELEASE, SEPTEMBER 22, 2008
Mink Farm Raid: Update from Lodder Mink Farm, Utah
Kaysville, Utah: It has been estimated that at least a hundred people over two days have been involved in mink-recovery efforts in Kaysville, Utah. Criminals broke into a farm and opened more than 3,000 pens, releasing and abandoning over 6,000 mink early Sunday morning at the Lodder Mink Farm.
A “communique” claimed guilt on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front.
While well over 5,500 mink were recovered by Sunday evening, Monday was spent picking up stragglers. Most were found within 10 feet of the fence as the animals were drawn by the sound of the feed cart and tried to find their way back into the farm.
“The Lodder family would like to thank all the good neighbors who have helped and called with good wishes,” stated Ryan Holt, a mink farmer who helped with rescue efforts. “The Kaysville Police Department and the Davis County Animal Control also deserve mention for their responsiveness and professionalism.”
The dispatcher at Davis County Animal Control sent officers to collect mink from garages, window wells, construction site and fields where joggers spotted them. Along with dozens of live animals returned, fewer than a dozen were reported killed by traffic and half a dozen drowned.
Teresa Platt, Executive Director of Fur Commission USA, a nonprofit trade association representing mink farmers in 28 states, commented, “Today’s high was 63 but Tuesday through Thursday’s weather is going to be in the high 70s and low 80s. Without water, the animals will die of dehydration.”
Anyone finding a lost mink should call Davis County Animal Control at 801-444-2200 or Fur Commission USA at 619-575-0139.
FCUSA is offering a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to conviction in any mink release.
The FBI is investigating and local police are investigating. Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Salt Lake City FBI at (801) 579-1400 or [email protected]
Mink farm raid: Neighbors give up Sunday services to help family farm. FCUSA press release, Sept. 21, 2008.
Kaysville farm attacked. 3 Utahns with animal-rights group claim they freed minks. Salt Lake Tribune, Sept. 23, 2008.
Animal rights group claims responsibility for mink release. Standard-Examiner, Sept. 23, 2008.
7,000 mink released from Kaysville mink farm. Associated Press, Sept. 22, 2008.
Vandals break into mink farm and release animals. KSL.com report, Sept. 21, 2008.
Mink farm raided in Farmington. KUTV2.com report, Sept. 21, 2008.
Neighbors come to aid of Utah mink farming family, FCUSA press release, Aug. 20, 2008.
FCUSA press kit Special Feature: Safe Farms Campaign.