California activists facing jail terms for sabotaging mink farm in Illinois

California activists facing jail terms for sabotaging mink farm in Illinois

Two Los Angeles-area activists are facing multi-year jail terms for sabotaging a Morris, Illinois-based mink farm and freeing nearly two thousand of the animals from captivity.

Tyler Lang, 25, and Kevin Johnson, 27, have been indicted on federal charges of conspiracy and interstate travel to meddle with an animal enterprise.

The two-count indictment returned a few days back by a federal grand jury in Chicago was unsealed on yesterday after police arrested Lang in El Segundo, California, near L. A. International Airport.

Johnson was already in state custody in Illinois, serving a sentence for possessing burglary tools that police said he intended to use to break and enter a fox farm.

In the mink farm sabotage case, the indictment alleges that Lang and Johnson break into Morris mink farm, which is situated around 60 miles southwest of Chicago, in August last year, and released nearly 2,000 minks that were being raised for sale to fur manufacturers.

They removed portions of the fence surrounding the mink farm to allow the animals to escape the captivity, and wrote the words "Liberation is Love" on a barn. They also sprayed two vehicles at the farm with a caustic substance.

Both L. A.-area activists are due to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on 29th of July. Each of the two counts against the duo carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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