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Minks pose threat to pets, farm animals

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

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  • May
    April 4, 2010 12:13 p.m.

    Can't believe they were put in jail! When will Sarah Palin or the crazy right winged militia be called what they are - terrorists. AR activists have never ever hurt a human being - EVER, but these crazy right winged militia groups are killing cops and they aren't terrorists!!

    Thank you for freeing the minks and stopping their tortured existence at the hands of the fur farmer terrorists. We can only hope that Utah is someday a fur-free state : )

    And also, pet bunnies shouldn't be imprisoned in cages either. Shame on that family. How would you like to live trapped in a closet?

  • @corvus 9:21AM
    March 29, 2010 8:37 p.m.

    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.

    Wild mink survive in the wild very well. The mink that are being farmed have never been in the wild and would have no survival instincts and in most cases die terrible deaths when freed.

  • Don't care for fur
    March 29, 2010 4:01 p.m.

    from a practical standpoint. However, I'm thinking of buying some as a statement against the PETA and ALF facists.

  • Unbeliveable...
    March 29, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    That there are people who think setting animals free is better for them.

    I remember a couple of years ago when someone released a bunch of mink from a Davis county farm. The highway was covered with dead mink for months. What a waste.

    If you want to do something for animals, join Ducks Unlimited or Pheasants Forever or Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Any one of those organizations does more for animals in a week that PETA or ALF has done in 50 years.

  • Animals aren't People
    March 29, 2010 2:53 p.m.

    Comparing human rights to animal rights is stupid.

    Comparing slavery to raising animals for food or clothing is stupid.

    Animals should be raised and slaughtered as humanely as possible.

    But, the hyperbole and wild accusations of animal "abuse" used by "animal rights" activists goes over the top.

    The fact that they have to resort to terrorist attacks just shows that they don't have the popular support their extremist views on the use of animals.

  • To terrorists
    March 29, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    Eco terrorists like ALF and ELF are the worst kind of scum. Thankfully, the FBI has been successful in infiltrating such groups, and many of their leaders are now in jail or on the run.

  • Tragopan
    March 29, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    Individuals who follow the ALF ideology do not care what happens to the mink, or they wouldn't be releasing them. Neither do they care what happens to local wildlife or to domestic farm animals. They are so caught up in their "belief system" that is the only thing that matters to them. They are "true believers" and as such, a danger to society IMO. They do more harm than help to animals and people. However, they are a good example of those who follow the animal rights philosophy...because they really do not care about humans or human interests!

  • The Professor
    March 29, 2010 2:15 p.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2010 2:01 p.m.

    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.

  • zg
    March 29, 2010 1:24 p.m.

    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?

  • @double standard
    March 29, 2010 12:55 p.m.

    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

  • Double-standard
    March 29, 2010 12:39 p.m.

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

  • wallofvoodoo
    March 29, 2010 12:30 p.m.

    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?

  • @irondori
    March 29, 2010 12:29 p.m.

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

  • PAUL
    March 29, 2010 11:05 a.m.

    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.

  • Terrible
    March 29, 2010 11:01 a.m.

    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.

  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2010 10:39 a.m.

    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.

  • Raye
    March 29, 2010 10:30 a.m.

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

  • irondori
    March 29, 2010 10:19 a.m.

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

  • Corvus
    March 29, 2010 9:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Evets
    March 29, 2010 8:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Critter Hugger
    March 29, 2010 7:53 a.m.

    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.

  • Stupid ALF
    March 29, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    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?

  • Anonymous
    March 29, 2010 7:34 a.m.

    Too bad the mink didn't attack their liberators.

  • What are "minks?"
    March 29, 2010 7:04 a.m.

    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!

  • Marvin Folsom
    March 29, 2010 4:37 a.m.

    The plural of mink is mink not minks!

  • anon
    March 28, 2010 11:04 p.m.

    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.