The Iowa farmer got the first call from his wife about 4:45 a.m., reporting that their mink were running all over the highway.
Keith Conrad got into his truck and couldn’t comprehend the carnage he found — dozens of mink turned into road kill, some with their backs broken but still alive. Hundreds more were running amok.
The 500 mink hadn’t escaped but had been freed by a pair of animal rights activists during a months-long, multistate campaign against the fur industry. By the day’s end, about 130 had died either on the highway or from heatstroke.
Other farms have similar stories of the death and loss caused by the scheme in 2013.