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    A friend at work told me her story about her encounter with a very ruthless mink.

    She looked out her window one monring to spot something swimming in her fish pond. This was quite a prized possession of hers with Ghost Carp and stuff in it, and catfish and things. Anywho, this mink was hunting her fish and then ran off to hide out under her conservatory.

    She phoned up the RSPCA who told her they couldn't do anything. She was told not to let her dog go near it, not approach it or anything as it would rip her face off given half the chance.

    Frantic, a few days later she phoned the council. They informed her of a group of animal protestors who had broken into a laboratory and freed them. Supposedly these people didn't know what they were doing. Apparently Minks will strip the countryside. They're afraid of nothing, just ruthless little killing machines.
    Eventually the council baited a trap for it and caught it, and took it away to be destroyed.

    So here's the point. Such 'vermin' Should it be captured and be killed, or is it not right to stop this creature doing what it does naturally. Kill. Or is control a reasonable action.

    The mink had killed all but two fish in my friend's pond. She had 42 in there before the mink struck. Nasty little ******* don't you think?
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    So here's the point. Such 'vermin' Should it be captured and be killed, or is it not right to stop this creature doing what it does naturally. Kill. Or is control a reasonable action.
    Control is not only reasonable but absolutely necessary. They are not native to this country, and as such are very upsetting to an ecosystem; as you have said they are extremely destructive.

    Animal rights protesters (at least the kind that break into places and release animals) are a bunch of ****wits. I'm all for animals having rights, but haven't they seen 28 Days Later?
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    Did you know it takes over 90 mink to make a small ladies glove?

    It's cause they're really crap at sewing.


    Sorry, couldn't resist...


    Mink aren't from here, and so aren't suited to it, as above poster says. They don't have any natural predators and so if left to run wild they'd just destroy everything. In my opinion, culling has got to be implemented, or we will all be slaves to mighty mink overlords.
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    Supposedly these people didn't know what they were doing.
    No change there then! Animal 'rights' protesters do my head in. Very few of them seem to have any knowledge at all about animals and their interaction with the environment around them, and are just emotively involved in something they know little about.
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    No change there then! Animal 'rights' protesters do my head in. Very few of them seem to have any knowledge at all about animals and their interaction with the environment around them, and are just emotively involved in something they know little about.
    Too true.
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    First a bit of background on the mink. There are 2 types of mink: American mink and European mink. However the european mink is descended from the American one so they are practically the same. The European is currently classified as Endangered whereas the American is classed as Near Threatened. The one that is predominantly used in fur farms is the American. If your friend get more fish it might be an idea to put some sort of wire mesh over the pond.

    Once again misguided animal rights protesters have released these critters into the wild without thinking. They're starting to give genuine conservationists a bad name. As with any group there is always a small minority who will do anything to get what they want without thinking about the consequences (religious extremists, political extremists etc). Here we again see another example of the misguided actions of a minority who "shoot first, ask questions later". The problem with animal rights and giving them better conditions, not using them in experiments etc is what do you do with the ones that are already experiencing those conditions.
    Here's an example: Born Free (http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/) currently does a huge amount of conservation work over in Africa and other countries. They also have another section which is called Zoo Check. This department travel the world and check on zoo's to investigate reports of ill treated animals and to make sure zoos are providing a high standard of living to the animals under their care. However on their list of aims the one that sticks out is to phase out zoos all together. Now here's the question "What do you do with the animals that are being held captive?" You can't just release them into the wild because there is a high likelyhood they won't survive and if you try to rehabilitate them some may learn to survive others might not.
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    Some animal rights activists freed them from a lab near you? Hate to break it to you but mink aint used in labs in the UK, it was probably a descendent of the ones released during the 90's before fur farming was made illegal here. Unless you're from Canada or the USA in which close to 10,000 have been released from fur farms this week alone.
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