1,200 Mink Released From Iowa Farm
Early this morning animal rights extremists broke into Palmer Erickson’s fur farm in Jewell, Iowa, releasing over 1,200 mink from their cages. According to family member Joel Erickson, four sheds were broken into on the western edge of the farm. The attack was discovered when the family dogs started barking in the pre-dawn hours, apparently interrupting the raid, as evidence gathered at the site points to a hasty escape by the attackers.
Over twenty friends and neighbors came to the aide of the Erickson family, recapturing most of the animals within the first few hours. Several mink are still lost in some of the neighboring corn fields. Joel Erickson stated, “It may be days before we find them all. They are suffering out there, and will start dying of thirst if we don’t find them soon.”
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept., the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the FBI are investigating the case, and anyone with information is urged to call the Sheriff’s Department at 515-832-9500.
On Sept. 24, extremists attacked a mink farm in Astoria Oregon, releasing 300 animals. Fur Commission USA is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators in each of these incidents.