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12/03/2002 "Messages from the Animal Liberation Front (ALF)"

Begin communique

At 2:00 AM on November 26, 2002, anonymous cells of the A.L.F. and the
E.L.F. visited the Mindek Brothers Fur Farm (4200 Shannon Road) in
Harborcreek, Pennsylvania. Before disappearing into the night, a large
fire was set which completely destroyed the farms feed barn and it's
contents, causing extensive financial loss.

The A.L.F. is also claiming responsibility for releasing 200 breeding
mink in May and 50+ in September from the same farm.

Working together, cells from A.L.F. & E.L.F. demolished this feed
facility due to it's role in the systematic torture and killing of
thousands of innocent creatures yearly - animals which possess the same
complex emotional/physiological traits as loved household pets, yet are
denied all reasonable consideration and confined to a miserable
"existence" in tiny wire cages hardly large enough to turn around in.

Imprisoned in fur factories, these solitary creatures are forced to
endure intensive confinement for the entirety of their lives, next to,
or not uncommonly, packed into the same excrement and disease laden
cages as their doomed relatives. In their natural state, these animals
maintain a vast territory encompassing several miles. However, on fur
farms such as this one, most of these semi-aquatic animals "enjoy" less
than 24 inches of space, living on chicken wire, exposed to incredible
levels of disease, cannibalism, and weather extremes. With what is
essentially still a wild animal, these squalid conditions produce a
perpetual state of chronic distress, unimaginable to human beings. This
stress leads to severe psychosomatic illness, causing disturbing
behaviors like self-mutilation, cannibalism, and incessant pacing and
scratching in attempts to escape from their prison.

After experiencing the blistering heat, filth, intensive confinement,
and other amenities of the mink shed for half of a year, they are either
gassed, electrocuted, or have their necks snapped. If they are
genetically superior, they often stay on the ranch indefinitely in such
conditions, only to be killed in the same manner when they lose their
usefulness.

These cells have witnessed all of these things and more just as
disturbing, first hand at this farm, and feel that they must pose this
question to the public.

Would this deplorable situation be allowed to continue if the animals
happened to be cats, or puppies perhaps, rather than their canine
relative the North American Mink? Clearly, it would not. Brutality is
brutality - these animals are no less deserving of basic "rights" than
the animals we call our friends, and the law protects as such. Thus it
is, in the face of this glaring hypocrisy, with their very real
suffering in mind, that we take the justice and mercy that the law fails
to provide into our own hands, and provide it for those who cannot act
in their own defense.

The economic value of a dead body or a frivolous luxury item can not be
compared to the inherent value of a life - thus unnecessary killing is
absolutely unjust. This has been recognized by much of the rest of the
world, and in multiple cases, fur farming has been completely banned by
other "first-world" governments. It is time for the worlds most
accomplished and proven terrorist, the United States, to respond and
follow suit. If it does not, this inexorable struggle on behalf of
innocent life will continue.

*****

The E.L.F. took part in this action on behalf of the Earth, due to the
targets extreme pollution of surrounding streams and groundwater with
excrement and offal runoff. The fur trade's co-dependant relationship
with the ecological nightmare of factory farming and other such
nefarious forms of animal agriculture alone, completely necessitate our
action in defense of life on Earth. If the owners of the destroyed
facility wish to be left alone, they should permanently close their
operation, providing clear proof that they have done so. If this is done
immediately, and this communique is released to the public UNALTERED,
individual members from each of the cells responsible for this action
will turn themselves in. If this is not done, the rest of the mink ranch
WILL be demolished. Other components of the mink ranch operation may
also be targeted.

In defense of life,
A.L.F. / E.L.F.


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In June of 2002, another anonymous cell visited the Lawrence Dana Fox
Ranch in Erie, PA (9129 Station Road). Breeding information was removed
and the entire breeding stock was released. None of the foxes were
recovered.
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Additionally, the A.L.F. is claiming responsibility for releasing dozens
of breeding stock mink and destroying breeding information at the Main
Mink Ranch (RR 2/Route 60) in Gerry, NY. in September.
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On behalf of another anonymous cell of the Earth Liberation Front, we
are also claiming responsibility for the destruction of two GMO corn
test/demonstration crops in northwestern Pennsylvania. Both crops (BT
and Roundup-Ready) were destroyed beyond usefulness, and kept from
producing seed for future planting.
The proliferation of Genetically Modified Organisms, and the increased
deployment of toxic pesticides in our bioregion presents an unrivaled
threat to the biological integrity and diversity of our ecosystem, and
has begun to be met with appropriate resistance. ANY GMO/GE crops
planted in this area from this day forth may be targeted by
eco-activists.

end communique

The North American Earth Liberation Front Press Office and the Animal
Liberation Front Press Office are legal, above-ground news services
dedicated to exposing the political and social motives behind the covert
direct actions of the underground Earth Liberation Front & Animal
Liberation Front.

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