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The animals are carnivores; one attacked Herriman family's pet rabbits

Published: Monday, March 29 2010 12:00 a.m. MDT

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That being said, it is commendable that something is being written to at least partially expose the completely criminal and unreasonable individuals who commit criminal acts in the name of such foolish causes. All reasonable, thinking people agree that animals should be treated humanely. It behooves those involved in animal husbandry to treat the animals under their care in a manner which keeps the animals comfortable, well fed and well cared for. Common sense dictated as much.

Marvin Folsom

The plural of mink is mink not minks!

What are "minks?"

Is there such a thing as "minks" or is the plural for mink just "mink", like the plural for deer is "deer?" Just checking up on my spelling from 3rd grade. That being said, I agree that those people who participate in this despicable act have no right to destroy someone else's livelihood to "prove a point." Do they not eat meat or wear shoes or boots? Is everything in their ward drobs synthetic, and aren't they also killing the trees to produce their papers, to run their cars, etc.? I can be radical, too!


Too bad the mink didn't attack their liberators.

Stupid ALF

So, a mink lives a comfortable, well fed, well cared-for life, until it's killed humanely for its fur. Alternatively, it starves, gets run over by a car, or dies of dehydration after getting released by ALF. If it does survive, it does so by ripping the feet off some baby rabbits, or killing other pets and domestic animals.

Gee, who really cares about animals here?

Critter Hugger

Fur belongs on the back of mink not on the back of some rich woman (or man) with more money than sense. I do feel sorry for the family who lost their rabbits, but who was to say the mink who killed them was not an escape from the "fur farm". Thousands escape each year.


This reminds me of a case several years ago where ALF released a bunch of mink from a mink farm in Washington State. It was close to several commercial poulty operations. The result was that several thousand chicken were killed before authorities could recapture the mink.

It seems to me that the ALF members are a bunch of spoiled rotten kids (20 somethings) that don't think or care about the results of their actions.


This as a problem with animals being kept in cages. Rabbits can run away when they aren't trapped in a wire cage.

If you raise rabbits to be killed, and you're sobbing about the mink attacking them, then you're sobbing about loss of profits, not the loss of life of these animals. Let's get real here.

All of these problems stem from the fur farmers and those who profit from animal agriculture.

Also, if people care so much about animals being killed then they should NEVER let cats outside. Outdoor cats ruin the native wild bird population.

Those claiming that mink live out humane lives before they are killed obviously have never seen a fur farm. Try spending a moment in one of those cages, in your own filth, standing on wires, not able to leave with no stimulation. Also, mink are wild animals and they do not starve to death or die of dehydration in the wild. THey are perfectly capable of surviving. Actual scientific studies (not sensationalist media stories) show this. All of these complaints need to be directed where blame is due- the fur farmers and others that mistreat animals.


Self-proclaimed animal rights activists I know are also pro-abortion. Go figure.


Please keep exposing the evilness of these left-wing extremists.


Why do people lie with impunity?

First the disclaimed. I would never go out in public with any women wearing fur. Killing for vanity is immoral to me. I've studied biology. You never release exotic species. Exotics ruin habitat for the endemic species. I'm not a conservative so, two wrongs don't make a right.

I believe I'm not all knowing. I can never know what happens between a woman and her doctor. I'm not telling another America what they must do with their bodies.

I'm pro choice. I'm not pro-abortion. I'm glad that we have the argument of when life starts. We have gametes, zygotes, fetus and finally babies. These aren't the same thing. I don't call miscarriages murder.

I believe the question of when life begins as helped reduce abortions. I also believe abortions have forced churches and communities to be more accepting of unmarried pregnancies.

I would be happy if no woman had abortions. Being a man, I know men will never be sexually responsible so this isn't going to happen anytime soon.

Stop lying about people. Lying is a sin in most religions.


Animal Rights groups that just release farm grown animals are doing nothing but harm. Leave these legal operations alone; if you have a problem with them then deal with it on the legal level.

Mink farmers do their best in an everchanging landscape, now surrounded by homes where once they were rural. Leave them alone and let them succeed in their career ventures. I'd bet that the mink trade is a significant amount of tax dollars to our strapped state.


If you are so opposed to wearing fur and can't stand the thought of animals being killed to provide fur to someone else, then don't raise fur bearing animals and don't wear fur. But just as you would wish us to respect your right to oppose these things, you should also respect others rights to do what they believe is okay. Raising fur or meat is a way of making a living and filling a need. It is not for some to impose their beliefs on others because there is way too muck of that in this world and is the root of many evils. Live and let live. Go eat your bacon and eggs and I'll do the same.


Better to be "pro-abortion" rather than anti-choice like you are. That being said I hate hippies.


I don't think fur coats look good, but it doesn't mean others can't wear them. If people can make a good living selling to the vacuous & vain of the world, why not?


Is there a difference between torching an abortion clinic and releasing mink into the wild?

@double standard

yes, the former tries to save lives, the latter just vandalizes and causes more cruel deaths.

@irondori, no, it's not better to be pro-death than pro-life


Does this mink story have anything to do with the recent accusation by the Utah CDC of Lyme-carrying ticks that may have been brought in by imported mink in the Lehi area...are we trying to paint a picture that Utah needs mink farmers here?


To all the people saying "if you don't like it, don't do it" about fur, what would you say if I said "Everyone has their right to be against slavery. If you're against it, just don't own slaves. Other people deserve the right to do what they want (even if it involves the completely needless suffering and death of other animals)"? Would that fly? Because that's the same argument people use to defend atrocities across the world in many parts of history.

The Professor

I agree that mink can be very damaging to chickens, rabbits, etc.
Last month a very large, black mink got into my chickens and killed nearly 2 dozen of them. We were able to dispatch the mink but not before he did permanent destruction to most of our flock.
These ALF clowns need to choose some other way to get their so-called message out.

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