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

Photo Credit: cc: flickr.com/photos/ericbegin


  1. Awww! Minks are sooo CUTE!

  2. Run free little minks, run free!

  3. Unfortunately, most of the 'little minks' will die: since they are not used to freedom, they will be food for other animals, get mashed by cars, starve, die from heat exhaustion...whoever set them free did not do them much of a favor.

  4. Whether that be true or not... clearly they didn't realise that. Maybe they didn't do their homework... but they are better freed than skinned.

    This will help discourage the industry and send out a media message.

  5. regardless it's better to die in freedom than live in prison.

  6. At least the cruel farm owners took a hit even if most of the poor little fellas won't make it.

  7. There's some pretty depressing photos of a lot of them dead on the road.

  8. great news!

  9. I agree they are better off dying free then living (not even into adulthood) in those hell holes.

  10. This was done in Britain decades ago. The mink devastated local wildlife which hadn't had such predators before. It was a wildlife disaster, and it still is, with ground-nesting birds and small mammals and fish seriously endangered - in some areas, totally wiped out - by an aggressive alien species they have no real defence against.

    Mink farms are appalling places, and there's no place for them in a civilised society.

    If you're going to free animals, though, you have to think of their welfare - and you have to consider the environmental impact that releasing them will have on the local wildlife, and therefore the whole ecology, for decades to come.

    I understand the desire to set those poor, suffering beasts free.

    What I don't understand is being so damn irresponsible as to not do your basic research on environmental impact. If you're serious about animal rights and welfare, be serious. This is not a game.