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17,000 minks set free in southern Sweden

TT/The Local · 4 Oct 2010, 14:40

Published: 04 Oct 2010 14:40 GMT+02:00

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"The owner values them to eight million kronor ($1.2 million)," said Bo Kellerth at Jönköping police on Monday morning.

The fleeing minks were spotted by a passing motorist as they ran in front of his car at 3.15am on Monday. The car driver realised what had happened and alerted the police.

"No one has left any message after them nor taken responsibility so we don't have much to go on," Kellerth said.

Kellerth said that the minks have little chance of surviving in the wild but that they could cause problems and injuries to other animals.

"We have opened a case into animal cruelty and criminal damage," he said.

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"There were demonstrations against their breeding outside of the farm in the summer but I don't know of it being subjected to any previous attack."

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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15:36 October 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
If this was the work of PETA or another group of their ilk, what they fail to realize is that very few, if any, of these animals will survive. They will die of starvation and predation....a cruel death.
15:55 October 4, 2010 by RememberAisha

True, but what was awaiting them when their coats matured was equally if not more cruel (just google images of mink farms and harvesting).

A lot of the animals are alive and gasping when they skin them because sometimes the don't gas them properly (funny how its OK to gas them but when that happened to humans...)
16:03 October 4, 2010 by StockholmSam
"Kellerth said that the minks have little chance of surviving in the wild..."

Somehow I'm thinking their chances in the cages were not much better.
16:23 October 4, 2010 by The Nine
Run Forest Run!!!
16:27 October 4, 2010 by moreanon
Mink predation is deadly for bird life along waterways.
16:29 October 4, 2010 by chriscarlson64
The outrage here is directed improperly. There exists an authority who attempts to ensure humane treatment and care, and that the practice of slaughter and harvest is carried out humanely as well.

RememberAisha, there is no equivalency here between mink farming and the Holocaust. Comments of this sort are both ignorant and cruel.
16:35 October 4, 2010 by Swedesmith
@ Aisha I'm no big fan of mink farming and a mink coat for the wife is not in my budget (not that she would wear one anyway). Anyone who eats meat, or wears leather shoes is,to a degree, responsible for an animal's death. You can either resign yourself to that fact or become a vegan.
17:35 October 4, 2010 by mjennin2
I'd rather have a debatably harsher death in freedom, than a so-called "humane" death in captivity.

Perhaps William Wallace's ghost came and set them free.
17:37 October 4, 2010 by zircon
If they had a choice this was the better option to survive. Even animals can dream of liberty, you see.
18:00 October 4, 2010 by uinseann1982
same thing happened in Ireland a few weeks ago!!

18:23 October 4, 2010 by Beavis
The "animal rights" muppets are utterly foolish. Hopefully the mink all die this winter and dont breed. the same thing happened in Ireland in the 1980s and it lead to the almost extinction of the red squirrel (due to hige numbers of mink). Rececently idiots did the same thing again. They kill most of the local small wildlife.Hopefully these minks get into the people who set them frees garden and eat the cats and bunny rabbits. Remember one of these morons released a black panther. The panther eneded up mauling a small child to death and being shot.
19:06 October 4, 2010 by Rey Stockholm
Make no mistake, a large number of these animals will survive, they are very adaptable.'

This will be an environmental disaster for years to come and huge amounts of native wildlife killed by these predators
19:07 October 4, 2010 by Carl T
The damage that these pests will cause is a major concern. As far as the minks are concerned, it's a bigger problem if they survive than if they don't. They're not a native species, and when they're released in numbers like these they're bound to harm the populations of both their prey and their prey's natural predators. And they devour our precious crayfish like there's no tomorrow. Animal cruelty issues aside, the problems that released/escaped minks cause makes a good argument for banning the farming of them.
19:17 October 4, 2010 by Nemesis
For further information see.


That will let you know what sort of muppets are responsible. They are doing it everywhere.

They are an organised terrorist group.
20:28 October 4, 2010 by Mb 65
This happened in England a few years ago and the minks are thriving. they are causing a lot of damage to the wild life.
20:29 October 4, 2010 by voiceofreason
I bet the morons that did these don't have a worthwhile job therefore I presume they are milking the system.

If they are gainfully employed, they would not have the time to do and destroy someone else's business.

I wouldn't buy a mink coat, but I would rather have a mink farm than have wild minks hunted to extinction.
20:40 October 4, 2010 by mikewhite
"wears leather shoes" - I don't think cattle are farmed for their leather, it's a by-product.
21:53 October 4, 2010 by StockholmSam
While I agree that the perpetrators of this act are to blame and should be held accountable if caught, we cannot lose sight of the fact that the mink farmers had a role to play in this.

First of all, being a non-native species and also being a species that would be highly damaging to the local ecosystem were they to leak into that ecosystem, mink should not be farmed in Sweden. There is no reason to do so. Let them be raised on farms in places where mink live in the wild and ship their pelts to the markets that demand them.

Second, knowing that a mink farm would be a target for boneheads like PETA or other militant animal-rights groups and knowing the dangers in a massive release, the mink farmers should have had better security on the farm. They knew the risks, especially since this has happened before as pointed out in Nemesis' link. In light of this, I say the farmers should bear significant responsibility because they failed to live up to their social duty to protect us from the dangers of their work. Had this been a factory leaking chemicals into the river, the factory would have been held accountable. The threat of sabotage is one of the reasons why factories have a high level of security around them. The farmers should have invested more money and effort into securing the premises.
02:11 October 5, 2010 by iddqd
happened in germany this year aswell:


according to the numbers there the 17.000 minks freed here will need 2,8 tonnes of food a day.

i doubt these cute critters will leave anything alive around the farm...

minks can haz cheeseburger?
02:54 October 5, 2010 by Da Goat
Looks like there is a huge Mink hunt on the books, grab your firearm and make your own coats maybe!

I guess there will need to be a (bigger) bounty on their heads now just to clean up the mess as this many minks is not good news exactly!

Send the clean up bill to PETA !

Idiots with no common sense really get me going!

this is just plain madness!
04:35 October 5, 2010 by Sherian Elizabeth
I hope that all those cute minks find homes in the woods far away from the evils of mankind. Looking in their eyes tells me that I will and never have worn fur or eat meat. Hate killing an animal mother who nurses her babies.
07:25 October 5, 2010 by flintis
@sherian: Cute mink!!! have you ever been near these vicious animals?

These mink will wreak havoc with the local wildlife & kill a lot more animal "mothers & her babies"
09:52 October 5, 2010 by RobinHood
Minks are voracious, especially hungry ones. These little guys are going to munch their way through the local wildlfe. For the sake of the environment, it is better they die in the winter. It will be a serious environmental problem if they establish themselves and emigrate to other areas.

Is there anybody here who thnks it's a good thing to unleash thousands of minks into an environment unsuited to them? It would be nice to hear their point of view.
10:03 October 5, 2010 by foxpur
Although the mink is a adorable looking critter (and they tend to get made into coats) they are NOT a nice friendly critter. They don't really domesticate, they are pretty vicious alone.. in packs (herds?) they are downright dangerous.

They could become a serious biological threat with so many.
07:26 October 6, 2010 by flintis
If they catch the idiots who released these animals, they should send them to work on the Sable farms in Siberia. They'd be begging for a fur coat in that winter clime.
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