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Saturday, October 18, 2003

Posted by Jake
The fur flies and crawls and bites

The roundup, though, triggered a grisly secondary crisis — cannibalism.

Minks have been raised on farms in the United States and Europe for more than a century — and farmed minks make up about 80 percent of the fur content in mink coats and stoles. But unlike cows or pigs, minks are not even close to being domesticated. The short-legged, needle-toothed members of the weasel family remain wild predators in their cages. They will bite just about anyone who tries to touch them.

Farmed mink get along reasonably well with each other, but only if they grow up as littermates in the same cage. When minks from different cages are tossed in together — as happened with the animals released and captured here — they often have an insatiable desire to kill and eat each other.

“There is no way to stop it, because you can’t tell who is related to who,” Roesler said. “Ten to 20 a day are still eating each other.”"


About 1,000 or so minks remain unaccounted for — and it is the fate of those missing minks that foments an especially heated animal rights debate.

The Animal Liberation Front, in its claim of responsibility that was e-mailed to local news media, declared that farm-raised mink, once free, can “survive and flourish in the wild.” The group’s Internet missives insist that it is a self-serving canard to suggest otherwise.

Where do these people come from?

Now granted they say at the end that some of the mink are doing quite well destroying livestock, eating endangered species, and molesting citizens. In fact, "Jeffery Weaver, who owns a pair of night-vision goggles, has observed them adapting, with apparent aplomb, to life on the wild side. He said he has sat up all night on his wooded, creek-braided three-acre property and, wearing his night-vision gear, watched minks nibble on ripe blackberries, catch small salmon and kill his ducks."

This is of course after the vast majority of them were killed by the locals or ate each other.


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