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Thousands of Minks Released From Cages

June 02, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Vandals released thousands of minks from their cages on a Mount Angel fur ranch, and many of the animals then died from exposure and fighting with each other. An estimated 8,000 to 9,000 animals were freed in what may have been the largest "eco-terrorism" attack on the U.S. mink industry, said Marsha Kelly, spokeswoman for Fur Commission U.S.A. Animal-rights activists say the multimillion-dollar fur industry raises animals inhumanely and kills them only to satisfy human vanity. No arrests had been made. About 1,300 of the minks were retrieved.

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