Recently, animal rights activists called Animal Liberation Front decided to free foxes that were being held in captivity for their fur on an Anamosa fox farm.
They released a news story claiming that saving animals is much more than just preventing the use of fur. They want to get rid of all industries which exploit animals, and listed the following as examples: animal research, meat, dairy, egg, and beyond. They also insisted that everyone should start following a vegan diet as this is the first step in helping animals.
The group of activists had found their way into the Anamosa farm, where approximately 300 foxes have been kept, opening pens to give the foxes freedom. The only result was damaged fencing on the property, however. Many of the foxes remained in their cages and the two that were loose were returned to their cages.
A twist in the tale is that people from the farm have claimed that if the foxes had been freed, they would probably not have survived beyond the farm boundaries. The reason for this is that they have lived on the farm since birth, and have therefore become domesticated. This claim has been thwarted by Animal Liberation Front, who has stated that the animals would be able to survive thanks to the flourishing population of wild foxes that is found in Iowa. Although the activists might be seen as heroes to those wanting to eradicate trapped animals, the FBI has claimed that the group is a terrorist organization that has been involved in various corruptions, such as arson and vandalism. In 2004, the activist group broke into a laboratory at the University of Iowa where they freed hundreds of animals while destroying research.
The issue of freeing animals that are being held in captivity is a tricky one. On the one hand, we want to see animals achieve freedom but on the other hand, freeing animals does come with possible consequences, such as the animals being let out on their own and ending up in dangerous situations, such as being hit by cars, hurt by people or other animals, or not being able to fend for themselves in the wilderness. What do you think: Are the activists heroes for wanting to save foxes from getting killed for their fur, or are they just causing greater problems by committing crimes? If they had succeeded at freeing all the foxes, would they have been heroes?
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