From media outlet Ananova:

Seven thousand mink released from farm

Intruders have released more than 7,000 mink from their cages at a farm in Finland.

Police were alerted by a passer-by and have joined forces with local residents and the fire brigade to help catch the animals. Some have been shot because they were injured.

No-one has claimed responsibility for freeing the animals, which are used to make fur coats. It is the first such raid on a farm in the region near Kokkola, 30 miles north of Helsinki.

Animal rights activists have previously released thousands of mink and foxes in 60 attacks on fur farms since 1995, claiming it's cruel to keep them in cages.

"This was by far the biggest attack on a fur farm in this country," said Leif Finne, head of a fur farmer association. "The farm had almost 8,000 animals and all the cages were opened." "This is an ecological catastrophe," said Paivi Mononen-Mikkila, from Finnish Fur Sales. "Mink will eat almost anything smaller than themselves so birds and other wildlife are in danger."

More than 5,000 people make a living from fur farming in Finland, the world's largest supplier of fox furs and Europe's third biggest producer of mink.

Last year, more than 2 million mink pelts were sold, mostly to overseas buyers. In recent years, animal rights groups have increased their activity in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Denmark is the world's biggest exporter of mink pelts.

On September 5, some 8,000 animals were freed from a farm near Ringkoebing in western Denmark. Farmers were able to catch all but 1,000 of them.

Danish police suspected animal rights activists because the Danish acronym for the Animal Liberation Front was painted on a wall at the farm. No one was arrested.