we launched a day of action against mink farms in Italy. Around 2pm o'clock
400 people (according to local media) started to march from the local ex
concentration camp of Fossoli (http://www.fondazionefossoli.org/)
to a modern one located since so many years 1 km far from the camp: the
Italo Rossi's mink farm. We made connections between the two realities for
all the march and also for the previous days through our press releases.
we spent also the previous days answering to media which criminalized the
protest often writing Campagna AIP was similar to Alf and the demos of yesterday
were organized to free the animals from cages. We had some positive responses
to local media we got in touch, making clear we're not connected with Alf
even if we strongly support direct actions against mink farms.
march and the demos were really really good, people were so involved and
large part of them probably never got in touch directly with a mink farm,
just seeing that was so important. But the best news arrived at the beginning
of the march when we were informed the mink farm located in Novi (where
the second demo was planned, not so far from the one in Fossoli) was definitely
closed. Yes, we can announce another mink farm closed down in Italy! And
surely bacause of direct actions against it (There were during the past
years: two liberations, two cars of the owner's family were burned, several
raids in the middle of the nights with fireworks, menaces through phone
callings... All these actions according to what media reported). We think
the owner was really stressed.
anyway to go to the mink farm in Novi, first of all because we wanted to
verify directly the informations and because the farm's owner is still in
evil business running a fur shop and a sort of tannery.
the chance to go inside with two activists to verify. All cages were empty
and we confirmed the mink farm was closed. Unfortunately it wasn't possible
for us to take pictures but we'll work on it...
AIP we decided for the moment to continue on this way, planning demos against
fur farms. Another national protest is planned probably for February. The
attention of the media is high, lots of people are coming to the protests
and at the moment, after a silence regarding 'our' fight against fur industry
in Italy, we decided to focus on the farms. Currently in Italy around 15
fur farms seem still active and we wanna put as much pressure as we can
on them! In the next days we'll post lots of pictures on our flickr album
and maybe videos of the protest.