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Animal rights activist sentenced for liberating mink

Animal Rights Activist, Joseph Buddenberg, was sentenced to two years in federal prison under the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA).

Buddenberg was arrested by the FBI in July 2015, along with fellow activist Nicole Kissane. It was believed they had travelled around 40,000 miles to release thousands of mink at fur farms. Both activists pleaded guilty to the charge of conspiracy to violate AETA. Buddenberg was ordered to pay restitution of almost $400,000 along with Kissane, who will be sentenced next month.

There has been a number of incidents of attacks on fur farms recently, with the Canadian Mink Breeders Association offering $100,000 reward for information on activists who released 500 mink from a farm in Ontario.