Animal rights activists up ante with mink raids — including one in Iowa

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Posted: Friday, October 25, 2013 12:00 am

NEW HOLSTEIN, Wis. — Next to their white clapboard house on a rural road here, in long rows of cages set beneath the roofs of seven open-air sheds, Virginia and Gary Bonlander are raising 5,000 minks. Or were, anyway, until a few Saturdays ago, when police roused them from bed at 5 a.m. with a rap on their door.

Outside, 2,000 minks were scampering away — enough to make as many as 50 top-quality, full-length mink coats.

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