Two Charged With Animal Enterprise Terrorism

     SAN DIEGO (CN) – Two so-called “animal rights activists” were arrested Friday and charged with terrorizing the fur industry by releasing thousands of mink from farms across the country in at least five states.
     Joseph Brian Buddenberg, 31, and Nicole Juanita Kissane, 28, both of Oakland, face up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 fines if convicted of violating the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (Title 18, U.S.C., §§ 43 (a)(1), (2)(c) and (b)(3)(A)), the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
     They also vandalized properties and destroyed breeding records, causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages during the “nationwide spree” in the summer of 2013, prosecutors said.
     Mink are vicious, voracious predators. Their natural enemies are great horned owls and bobcats, but humans inflict the most damage upon them.
     Prosecutors say Buddenberg and Kissane vandalized retailers and farms with acids, super glue, paint and paint stripper, slashed tires, smashed windows, glued door locks, and tried to flood the home of an employee of a fur auctioneer.
     They sent “communiqués” describing their crimes and posted them on animal-rights websites, using encrypted emails on public computers, the U.S. attorney said.
     “Whatever your feelings about the fur industry, there are legal ways to make your opinions known,” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said in a statement. “(S)neaking around at night, stealing property and vandalizing homes and businesses with acid, glue and chemicals is a form of domestic terrorism and can’t be permitted to continue.”
     The FBI arrested Buddenberg and Kissane at their Oakland homes on Friday. An FBI agent on Friday accused them of engaging in “criminal conduct for the purpose of advancing their own personal agenda.”
     Prosecutors will extradite them to San Diego to face the charges.
     The animal rights movement, in its recent incarnations, began by trying to stop experiments upon chimpanzees and other primates, or at least improve their conditions. It achieved some success in this. Extremists than began “liberating” animals from confinement, including white lab rats, which do not exist in nature.
     Extremist attacks have forced universities and science labs to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on security to protect long-running experiments.
     “Liberated” mink typically set off and do what they do best: kill chickens and domestic and wild animals, which is how they live in nature.

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