According to media reports, during the night of August 19-20, hundreds of mink, perhaps as many as 3000, were released from cages at the Visons J.N.J. fur farm (1285 6e Rang) in Saint-Jude, Quebec.

In early August, the Montreal SPCA revealed that inspectors had found foxes and mink at the farm suffering from serious injuries and illness, including broken bones, broken teeth, eye and ear infections, and dehydration. Several animals were subsequently euthanized. The Montreal SPCA has asked the Ministry of Forests, Fauna and Parks to remove the animals from the fur farm, and that criminal charges be filed. The owner of the farm, Jean-Luc Rodier, has previous convictions for animal cruelty. (information from

Photo: Jo-Anne McArthur/SPCA