OPP are investigating after hundreds of minks and kits were let loose from a Brant County farm early Saturday morning.
Investigators say a person or persons attended the farm on Maple Grove Road sometime in the overnight hours and gained entry to the barn by cutting holes in the wall, allowing the some 500 minks and kit to leave.
While most of the escaped animals were recovered, several had recently born kits. Because it is impossible to ensure the kits have been matched to their proper mother, they have a very low chance of survival, police said.
A spokesperson for the farmer says the incident bears the hallmarks of animal rights extremists.
Nancy Daigneault, Vice President of the International Fur Federation, is expressing similar sentiments.
Police have called the incident an act of vandalism and have not said whether there is any evidence to confirm Daigneault’s suspicions.
Daigneault says other farms have been attacked in recent years where minks are released. Three such incidents occurred near London just last summer at two mink farms near St. Marys, and one near Guelph.
“This is a very sad incident because of the actions of theses vandals many new born kits will not live,” said a police release.
The farmer fears around three-quarters of the newborns will not survive the trauma of being separated from their mothers.