Animal rights activist released 400 minks to their death gets 3 years in jail

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An animal rights activist from Los Angeles has been sentenced to 3 years in prison, for turning loose 2000 minks from a small Illinois fur farm. Only 1600 minks survived due to the "rescue operation".

Kevin Johnson, 28, also known as “Kevin Oliff” pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiring to travel in interstate commerce with the purpose of damaging an animal enterprise. Johnson was already in custody for possession of burglary tools that he stated he planned to use to break into fox farm according to Guns.com.

Johnson and an accomplice, both vegans and seasoned animal rights protesters, traveled from California to the family-run mink farm in Morris outside of Chicago, stopping at other farms in Iowa and Wisconsin on the way. There, on the night of August 13, 2013 the men vandalized the Illinois farm, setting loose 2000 minks of which just 1600 survived.

The men also damaged two farm vehicles, cut fences, and destroyed animal identification cards making it impossible to positively identify those mink which were recovered. This, argued the government, led to the closure of the farm Guns.com reporting.