Minks freed from cages, farmers give chase

HELSINKI Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:53am EDT

A worker holds a mink at a collective fur farm in the village of Babino, southeast of Minsk, November 26, 2005. Farmers and other locals were chasing thousands of minks let out of their cages at a fur farm in western Finland early on Friday by suspected animal rights activists. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A worker holds a mink at a collective fur farm in the village of Babino, southeast of Minsk, November 26, 2005. Farmers and other locals were chasing thousands of minks let out of their cages at a fur farm in western Finland early on Friday by suspected animal rights activists.

Credit: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

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HELSINKI (Reuters) - Farmers and other locals were chasing thousands of minks let out of their cages at a fur farm in western Finland early on Friday by suspected animal rights activists.

About half the 2,500 minks released from unlocked cages in Mustasaari, 400 km (250 miles) northwest of Helsinki, had been recaptured by 1000 GMT, but it could take several days to round up the others, police said.

"We have no firm suspects at the moment. But the letters EVR were spray-painted on a feed silo at the farm. In this connection it usually means Animal Liberation Front in Finnish," Chief Inspector Mika Jylha told Reuters, but added: "Of course, anyone could write that."

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