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Associated Press Worldstream


November 11, 2002 Monday

SECTION: INTERNATIONAL NEWS

DISTRIBUTION: Europe; Britian; Scandinavia; Middle East; Africa;
India; Asia; England

LENGTH: 81 words

HEADLINE: Animal rights activists free 1,000 animals from mink farm

DATELINE: THIONVILLE, France

BODY:
Animal rights activists broke into a mink farm in eastern France and released 1,000 animals from their cages, police said. About 1,000 of the farm's 17,000 animals escaped into the fields on Sunday, and firefighters and volunteers spent Monday searching for the fleet-footed animals. They had little success, and officials planned to bring in a professional trapper, police said.

The owner of the farm in the town of Bure put his loss at 30,000 euros (about US$30,000).