UT--Bombs ripped through offices and four trucks at a Utah mink feed plant in
the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 11th. In an anonymous phone call to
CAFT, an unspecified, underground animal rights group claimed responsibility for
the action and the subsequent $1 million in damages.
The bombs completely
destroyed four trucks and the second floor of the administrative offices. No humans
or animals were hurt in the action. The Utah fur industry has responded by hiring
armed guards and installing elaborate alarm systems to try and thwart further
The mink feed plant in question was the Utah Furbreeders Agricultural
Co-Op in Sandy, Utah. This plant is reportedly the second largest mink feed supplier
in the U.S. and conducts animal research aimed at developing feed formulations
that will make fur farming more profitable.
The plant was the subject of
an attempted arson in 1991 when the A.L.F. planted incendiary devices that failed
to go off. The company's experimental fur farm was then raided in June of 1996,
and 50 to 75 mink were liberated. This set off a string of mink liberations at
fur farms throughout the state.
Contrary to certain media reports, the A.L.F.
never claimed this most recent action. The anonymous caller reporting the action
never gave any group affiliation. Since the A.L.F. has never used pipe bombs,
it is unclear if this signifies the emergence of a new, more militant group.
it is expected to be at least six months before the plant will be fully repaired.