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A liberated mink writes a thank you letter

November 2, 2013


Source Leadfingertip’s Blog

In the past few weeks animal lovers have been breaking into mink farms and setting hundreds of minks free. One of the cute, little animals wrote a thank you letter to his liberator.

“I am writing this letter as a free mink. It is still hard to believe I no longer live in a cage. Few days ago, on an early morning, the humans came. It was earlier than usual, and these humans were different. They were dressed in black and wearing masks. We paid them little attention. Usually they give us food and water. But not these humans. They started opening the cages and setting us free. I could not believe my eyes. There was great excitement among my brothers and sisters as well.

When one of the humans opened my cage I rushed out without hesitation. I ran as fast as I could and never looked back. I wish I had stopped and thanked that human. He saved me from pain, stress and torture. He saved my life for if it was not her I would have either gone mad or died of a terrible infection or disease.

In the nature we are free, we run and swim and life feels great. But living in a tiny cage was very hard and depressing. Many of my brothers and sisters went insane. They ran in circles for hours, biting the metal bars of the cages or fighting each other. Many went as mad as hurting themselves. It was very sad. I saw my friends biting their paws and tails to the bone. They could not control themselves anymore. When someone got sick others also got sick. We are not used to living together in such small and crowded places and many of us died of infections and diseases.Thank you for setting me free from this awful prison. I cannot describe how happy I felt when I saw the sun for the first time in my life. The green grass under my paws feels much nicer than the dirty, cold metal bars of the cage floor. I can run freely and I can rest when I get tired. Then I can run some more or take a nap in a burrow that I discovered the other day.

I hope that many other humans will have the courage to set free all my brothers and sisters who are locked up in such horrible places. Because no one deserves a life full of pain and suffering. With all my heart I thank you.”

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very pawsome letter,
little mink.
more people care about you
than you think.
we work hard
every day.
so that the concept
of fur will
go far away.
and minks can
be minks.
live safe lives
and play :)

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

  1. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    November 2, 2013 11:38 am

    very pawsome letter,
    little mink.
    more people care about you
    than you think.
    we work hard
    every day.
    so that the concept
    of fur will
    go fa away.
    and minks can
    be minks.
    live safe lives
    and play 🙂


    • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
      November 2, 2013 11:39 am

      oops. should say go far away…

      sorry little mink…this old lady not a good typist 😉


    • November 2, 2013 12:04 pm

      Thank you so much, hon, I love it. And you are a very good typist! 🙂


      • karenlyonskalmenson permalink
        November 2, 2013 1:43 pm

        You are so welcome and a double dose o thanks 🙂


    • November 2, 2013 6:52 pm

      What a witty poem, Karen! It me smile. : ) and read it twice.


      • November 2, 2013 7:01 pm

        I agree! Thank you so much for stopping by, I love your piece.


  2. November 2, 2013 11:55 am

    I really have a problem with this trend of setting minks free. Perhaps someone should start a mink sanctuary where they can be taken care of without posing any harm to wildlife?? These little creatures (akin to weasels and ferrets) are quite the killing machines and will cause problems with native animal populations. (And cats, too!) Totally irresponsible.


    • November 2, 2013 12:03 pm

      I have to disagree. Not irresponsible when you consider the alternative. Minks do very well in the wild (they are wild animals) and follow their own natural, biological urges. What is irresponsible is farming them and then skinning and anally electrocuting them for frivolity. Well, any reason, frivolous or not, is irresponsible. These “farmers” are evil barbarians.


      • DPENN permalink
        November 2, 2013 1:09 pm

        Amen! Stacey, these beautiful little animals deserve to be free and run free in the wild where they were meant to be not crammed up in a cage waiting to be skinned alive or tortured to death which is what happens to those who don’t get set free. I say God bless the beautiful animal lovers who helped to set these babies free and I wish more of us animal lovers will grow a spine and do the same things for the other animals who are suffering at the hands of these DEMONS called human beings.


        • November 2, 2013 5:52 pm

          Amen to you, too! I completely agree with all you write. Here’s to more free animals at the hands of compassionate, loving people. GOGOGO!


    • November 4, 2013 6:11 am

      The domestic monks cannot survive in the wild. Setting them free is like killing them! They need to go to a sanctuary where they are not caged, but fenced into a proper set up to enjoy the rest of their after being spaded and neutered like I did with a couple of mink rescued off of a horrible abusive farm. I also made sure to give them their distemper and rabies vaccines. Do it right or don’t do it at all!!!


      • November 4, 2013 8:07 am

        They do well in the wild, that’s a fact:

        And what baffles me by all these objections is that they certainly die in horrific manners in their current environment and people are protesting their release. Humans do not do well in the wild on their own with only their bodies, yet if in the same position, wouldn’t you want to give them freedom?


        • Duane Thamm permalink
          November 4, 2013 1:29 pm

          Yes, it is kinda puzzling how people can be anal about the legistics of a glory release opposed to the alternative of having a minks skin tore off. Sure it would be nice for the minks to go to a sanctuary, however sometimes a release is the next best thing. Again, objective is to make the mink farmer miserable to get him out of business. Do whatever you can to take out that satanic ass.


          • November 4, 2013 3:16 pm

            Thank you, Duane, I completely agree. The “farmer” is to blame for any consequences, and the freedom the mink can gain far outweighs any improbabilities.


    • November 4, 2013 6:18 am

      The photo you are using to represent a mink…is not a mink. It is an Ermine. If you are going to be sticking with the tools of a domestic mink, I can provide you with one.


      • November 4, 2013 8:04 am

        They are in the same family, and it’s the original picture that came with the story,so I’ll keep it, thank you.


  3. November 2, 2013 1:32 pm

    Reblogga detta på Vegan Lynx.


  4. Barney the Corgi permalink
    November 2, 2013 2:14 pm

    Run little critters run!
    A mink in nature is a happy mink!

    I can’t believe people would still choose to wear a fur coat when there are so many synthetic options available in this year of 2013… I don’t understand why.


    • November 2, 2013 5:50 pm

      I so agree with you! And it’s actually hideous, how can anyone WANT such torture on them? Baffles me, too, thanks.


  5. November 2, 2013 3:18 pm

    Il faut assurer la protection de ces jolis animaux, ils ne doivent pas etre tués pour leur fourrure.


    • UFOHUNTERORGUK permalink
      November 2, 2013 7:03 pm

      Je suis d’accord Ceci est censé être le 21ème siècle, mais les humains agissent encore comme des sauvages


      • November 2, 2013 7:04 pm

        I agree, thank you, UFO. (I love Google Translate!)


        • UFOHUNTERORGUK permalink
          November 2, 2013 9:02 pm



    • November 2, 2013 7:05 pm

      Thank you so much for your comments, Michele.


  6. UFOHUNTERORGUK permalink
    November 2, 2013 7:00 pm

    Reblogged this on


  7. Adam Hughes permalink
    November 2, 2013 9:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom for Cetaceans.


  8. November 3, 2013 9:36 am

    Reblogged this on Sherlockian's Blog.


  9. Duane Thamm permalink
    November 3, 2013 5:50 pm

    Great thing these rescuers have done. Brought some pride back to humans. Setting these beautiful creatures free is the right thing to do. Now someone needs to put a bullet in the leg of the people who run these farms. Notice how abortion clinics are less prevalent since action was takin. Same courage should be taken on animal offenders. Cheers to all the good people who love minks!!


    • November 3, 2013 5:55 pm

      I agree, thank you, Duane. I will neverEVEREVER understand how people can harm animals and defend it so easily and religiously.


  10. mike permalink
    November 3, 2013 10:22 pm

    what about all of the endangered animals they kill? Does anyone thing about the risk they pose as invasive species? Yes, i understand that the industry of rasing animals for coats sucks but you can’t just go and let them all go into a place the don’t naturally exist…For each mink you are releasing, you are killing dozens if not hundreds of other creatures. Many of them endangered. So thank you to all of those who are carelessly releasing mink to kill our endangered species and pose a direct threat to our ecosystems.


    • November 4, 2013 9:48 am

      Humans are the direct threat to ecosystems, not the animals brutally corralled, tortured, and killed.


  11. mike permalink
    November 3, 2013 10:23 pm

    And that comment is coming from someone who owns and operates a legitimate animal rescue and education center. Not just some mindless eco-freak.


  12. Ernst Mecke permalink
    November 4, 2013 9:02 am

    Certainly a very nice-looking mink. BUT: To release large numbers of minks (or other predators) at one point in the landscape will result in catastrophe for (a) the local wildlife (as the minks with their hunger will simply kill and eat whatever they can find and manage to overwhelm) and (b) the minks themselves (as they are by far too many to survive on the wild food available in the area).
    I am certainly no friend of fur farms (and in Finland, where I live, there are many), but I do recommend a different course of action: in Finland there have been a few fur farms which have switched to the breeding of rabbits with good fur; rabbits manage to live in groups (thus, no need to keep them in single cages – one can even provide some area to run free for a while) and are anyway adapted to spending long times in very narrow burrows; they live on a vegetarian diet (anyway no suffering imposed on their food – while minks live on, e.g., herring), which also means that their excreta are very much less of an environmental problem compared to those of minks and foxes; after taking the fur one can also eat them (i.e. more use to be had per suffering individual).
    I am no friend even of rabbit farms, but if one wants to at least reduce the suffering resulting from the production of fur then it may be a more realistic course to recommend to the public that they should ask for rabbit fur instead of fur of minks, foxes, or similar predators.


    • November 4, 2013 9:49 am

      Are you a fur farmer or just a supplier of rabbits? Ludicrous premise you have going .


  13. November 4, 2013 2:24 pm

    Reblogged this on Wolf Is My Soul.


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