Thousands of minks released from Montérégie fur farm


A few thousand minks may be on the loose after someone broke into a Montérégie fur farm and released the animals.

The farm in St. Jude, near St. Hyacinthe is at the heart of allegations of animal mistreatment.

SQ spokeswoman Joyce Kemp says the owner noticed this morning that the minks had been released from their pens.

A spokesman for the Forests, Wildlife and Parks Department says the exact number is unclear — but that there could be a few thousand.

Animal advocates like the SPCA and Humane Society International Canada had called on the government last week to seize the animals because of their poor health and substandard living conditions.

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  1. paul posted on 08/20/2014 01:55 PM
    This made my afternoon.

    Good for those heroes! I hope they now release all animals from experimental labs, etc.

    Those animals have no right to be kept for us selfish humans. It makes me enraged the way we treat animals; living creatures that are innocent.

    Enjoy your freedom kritters.
    1. JohnH- posted on 08/20/2014 06:07 PM
      @paul Well now we find out that most if not all the animals will die. They are not wild. They have never lived in the wild. And can not defend themselves. Run little kritters, run. Your about to become another animals lunch. Sounds like fun Paul. Maybe you and your animals rights bone heads could sell tickets to the slaughter. Chips anyone?
    2. James Rosito posted on 08/20/2014 06:46 PM
      @paul surprised people still wearing unnecessary fur at this time when ordinary coats are so warm. There is no reason except for style or a show of wealth for fur to be worn. Look at those pictures and their eyes and tell me you are not sorry for these poor animals and their condition of life.
  2. becky posted on 08/21/2014 12:55 AM
    Better that they have a taste freedom instead of torture at this farm!
    1. JohnH- posted on 08/21/2014 04:00 PM
      @becky Great becky! You bring the chips, I'll bring the beer. Let the freedom begin.
  3. Asland posted on 08/21/2014 07:18 AM
    This is NOT a victory. Instead, this is a serious problem that could now put our wild mink in danger. These animals were bred in captivity. They have no idea how to survive. AND, if the conditions were as bad as they say it was, these mink are now out infecting our wild mink with who knows what. As sad as everyone felt for them in captivity until the government did something, which they would have had to, now everyone should feel sad for our wild mink who are now in serious danger because of this. To be released, these animals would have needed to be taught to survive on their own and they would have needed to be thoroughly examined by a vet to make sure they were not carrying anything dangerous to our wild population. When thinking with your heart, people also have to learn to listen to their heads. Action without knowledge can be DETRIMENTAL!!!!!!
    1. Lesley posted on 08/21/2014 11:56 PM
      @Asland Riiiight...because the government and SPCAs are so useful in acting when it comes to extreme cruelty on factory it minks, cows, pigs, etc...NOT! They'd long have been executed via their anus' and stripped of their flesh before the govt or SPCA had taken any meaningful action. Minks are smart, and adaptable. This will be akin to a population explosion. Nature will correct....and better to die FREE then in that hell hole waiting to get zapped in the butt and skinned (in some cases still aware as electrocution doesn't always kill). Great job whoever did this release! Hopefully the a holes who owned this hell will go bankrupt.
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