30 August 2010

50,000 minks set loose from fur farms in Greece

Update: The AP reports that "the Animal Liberation Front says it carried out the attacks last week."

Greek police have reported that two fur farms were broken into over the weekend and 50,000 minks were released. The break-ins occurred in Kastoria, which is the center of Greece’s fur industry.

As of yet, no group has claimed responsibility for the incident. A group called “Hawks of Reprisal” claimed responsibility for a similar break-in last year.

Unfortunately, most of the animals are likely to die in the late August heat, according to the National Fur Breeder’s Association. It says the cost to the farm owners could be up to $1.27 million.

By Robin Lawless

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