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Feds Charge Mink Saviors with “Eco-Terrorism” – Can Face 10 Years in Prison and a $250 000 Fine

Feds Charge Mink Saviors with “Eco-Terrorism” – Can Face 10 Years in Prison and a $250 000 Fine

by P. H. MadoreJuly 25, 2015

Courtesy of Popular Resistance

A pair of animal rights activists has been indicted by federal authorities on charges of terrorism for freeing many thousands of minks nationwide. The minks were slated to be killed for their fur, a practice that activists around the globe condemn. The defendants were charged under the Conspiracy to Violate the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and could face 10 years in prison and a $250 000 fine.

According to prosecutors, Joseph Buddenberg and Nicole Kissane funded cross-country animal liberation trips by selling things on eBay and Amazon. The government alleges that they transacted strictly in cash and avoided the use of cell phones or the Internet while active. They used unspecified “encrypted” e-mail, which if they are guilty could be helpful in limiting evidence. These tactics are known as “security culture” to groups such as the Animal Liberation Front.

Much of the evidence expressed in the federal indictment centers around the procurement of money and then circumstantially ties it to the alleged activities of the “animal rights extremists.” Technologists will get a chuckle out of the 2015 usage of the term “internet computers” in the indictment, which reads in part:

On or about December 18, 2013, defendant [Nicole] KISSANE possessed multiple maps of various states, written material associated with the targeting and destruction of the fur industry, multiple cell phones, handwritten lists of fur farms and other animal enterprise, latex gloves, super glue, disposable gloves, heat resistant gloves, a knife, headlamps, a walkie-talkie set, and encrypted computers and USB drives.

On conviction, Kissane and Buddenberg could face up to 10 years in federal prison and a quarter million dollars in fines. A cursory search for communiques that may be linked to the activists the federal government is looking for (which may not be these two) yielded this statement from December 2012, in which the actors said:

The fur industry will be quick to respond to this beautiful act of compassion with baseless cookie-cutter form responses, in an attempt to discredit our actions and divert attention away from their sadistic industry.

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  • Andrew Beveridge


    • P. H. Madore

      The author is American. 😀

      • Geekoid

        Still doesn’t make it right :-{)

  • Smitch

    If I would have caught them on my farm…two shots center mass and one to the head! DEAD Trespassers!

    • davidhollenshead

      If someone trespassed you would shoot them ?!? Your posting is very sick.

      • Smitch

        Yes!! Don’t know if they are on my property to hurt me! “Castle Doctrine” in Arizona they don’t belong on our property, house, truck if they are there and you protect your life or our families life, It is the burden of the State to prove unjustifable homicide!

        • davidhollenshead

          Enjoy your life sentence then, as encountering a thief is not grounds for self defense in any state. They actually have to threaten your safety, to justify shooting them.

        • davidhollenshead

          And when you shoot an unarmed burglar or just a person who you think is a criminal, just remember to enjoy your life sentence, as the state can and will prove their case.

          • dionsius john

            Not necessarily… it’s a crap shoot. And one does not need to prove that there was a credible threat, only that a reasonable person could interpret the situation as life threatening… and I think that it is a good idea. People shouldn’t have to hide in their homes waiting for the police, or the crims, to show up at their door..
            Still, with that said, there is no point, and no excuse for, slavering like an animal over the prospect of taking any life, human or no..
            As a sergeant of marines, I decided that I would do what had to be done, and deal with the crap later. I cannot though, for the life of me, understand how any sensible, emotionally stable, humankind, could relish the thought of taking another’s life, unless absolutely necessary…

          • davidhollenshead

            Thank you for serving our country.

            We are fighting an “apparent” Municipal Fraud Ring here in Portland Oregon, which wants us to sell our house for the mortgage debt. The “apparent” latest intimidation is that the damage to the high pressure fuel line on my car was not the work of a Rodent, according to the garage that last serviced it. The Police Officer spotted the knife marks, and it could have lit up considering that five gallons of gas covered the underside when the line burst, if the catalytic converter was hot. Fortunately my wife couldn’t get the car into Reverse, so she did’t take it for her weekly shopping, and fortunately I took it on a very short trip to check the shift linkage. So the Catalytic Converter was cold.

            Yet somehow, I still will continue to address any stranger on our property as not a treat, unless they make themselves one. The last stranger was a scared young woman who was was literally looking for a safe place outside to spend the night. She was trying to get to friends in Seattle, after something happened between her and her family that she would not describe. I put her up for the night, and bought her a $20 Bolt Bus ticket, which was priceless.

            Don’t assume everyone is bad, as that recently worked out really bad for a Detroit man who will be spending the rest of his life in a cage, because he misjudged a situation.

        • R V

          If you do shoot you still need to go through the legal process to determine if it was absolutely necessary to shoot to protect your lives. If it was not critical but merely your desire to shoot trespassers you will very likey due prison time.

          Trespassing is not a legal right to kill on a whim. You have to be justified to use deadly force. Trespassing by itself is not a capital crime and is not a license to kill no matter how ornery a landowner is.

          • R V

            And your belief you may be harmed does not automatically constitute a legal right to kill. People have shot other people merely for knocking on their doors because they wrongly beloved they were in danger. Such people deserve to be prosecuted and they usually are.

          • Smitch

            Yes I agree! I would never shoot them in the back! If they are running away they are breaking off the attack. If they step foreword game ON two shots center mass and one to the head!

          • dionsius john

            He says, as he sprays his audience, and flecks of spittle collect at the corners of his mouth….
            God damn, it’s people like you that make me ashamed to admit I’m an Arizonan…. get a life, hunh?

          • Smitch

            Got one!

          • Smitch

            The bottom line if you are were you don’t belong, you are taking your life in to your own hands! I don’t go into someone’s home just because I want to! I don’t want to get shot!

  • Ty Savoy

    One of the oft heard knee-jerk reactions to events like this, people releasing mink from mink ‘farms’, is that the mink released will have a detrimental effect on wild animal populations.

    Wild animal populations are already at risk from mink farms. Studies show that Aleutian Disease, an extremely virulent parvo virus, a lot like parvo in dogs, affects many species of wild animals. The closer you get to a mink farm, the more Aleutian Disease you find. I’ve read that Aleutian Disease virus in ferrets can survive up to 2 years in dried urine. It’s no wonder it’s such a huge problem for the mink ‘farmers’.

    Anyone living near a mink farm will tell you that sightings of escaped mink are a common thing.

    This 2011 Ontario, Canada study, shows Aleutian Disease in wild populations. in relation to proximity to mink farms. (Mink Farms Predict Aleutian Disease Exposure in Wild American Mink )

    And this 2013 Nova Scotia study, shows Aleutian Disease found in many wild species, in areas where mink farms are located. Including Wild American mink, short-tailed weasels, striped skunks, North American river otters, raccoons, and bobcats. ( Aleutian mink disease virus in furbearing mammals in Nova Scotia, Canada )

    Scotland, a country that banned these ‘farms’ back on 2000-2002, is still dealing with the invasice American Mink escapees. A very good effort is now underway to rid themselves of these pests, called The Scottish Mink Initiative.