Incident Summary:

10/12/2011: On Wednesday morning, in Gifford, Washington, United States, animal rights activists entered Miller’s Mink Ranch located on Addy-Gifford Road and took down every breeder card in one of the two large, main sheds. They opened approximately three quarters of the cages, freeing more than one thousand animals. The activists also kidnapped three individuals and released them at different locations later that day, which were not reported. A communiqué detailing the incident was released to the BiteBack Magazine website, but no group has claimed responsibility.



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Location Details:
The incident occurred at Miller's Mink Ranch located on Addy-Gifford Road in Gifford, Washington, United States.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Miller's Mink Ranch
Specific Description Miller's Mink Ranch
Nationality of Target United States
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 3
US Hostages 3
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Sabotage Equipment
Weapon Details
It is unknown if weapons were used in the attack.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured Unknown
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
Bite Back, "Anonymous Communique Oct 13," Bite Back, October 13, 2011, URL
Associated Press, "Animal Rights Activists Release 1,000 Mink" Associated Press, October 13, 2011.
Lewiston Morning Tribune, "Animal Rights Activists Release 1,000 Mink," Associated Press, October 14, 2011.