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ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

San Miguel, CA- In the early morning hours of January 18, members of the Animal Liberation Front liberated the entire imprisoned deer population of GNK Deer Farm in Monterey County, California. These deer were doomed to certain death at the early age of 18 months at the hand of owner Gerd Konieczny, a former butcher and LA cop who raises the deer for profit and fun, by his own admission. [ read the full communiqué ]

A commenter writes: A few questions that I hope were / or will be considered in the future:

1) What deer species was this? Was it a local native species and subspecies or was it a non-native deer released with many harmful potential long-term impacts on local native flora and fauna. Alien species introduced into new habitats by humans is a leading cause of extinction. If this was not considered it should be considered in the future.

2) How many deer were released? Will local deer starve as a result of the increased population? What will be the impact on some of the very endangered local plant species in Monterey County?
For Immediate Release January 22, 2005

ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm in Southern Monterey County, California

San Miguel, CA- In the early morning hours of January 18, members of the Animal Liberation Front liberated the entire imprisoned deer population of GNK Deer Farm in Monterey County, California. These deer were doomed to certain death at the early age of 18 months at the hand of owner Gerd Konieczny, a former butcher and LA cop who raises the deer for profit and fun, by his own admission.


A communiqué received by the Press Office reads:"The ALF is claiming responsibility for the release of the entire deer herd from GNK Deer Farm (65801 Big Sandy Road., San Miguel, CA. (805)467-3705) in southern Monterey County in the early morning hours of January 18, 2005.

The pen was located in the rear of the property and over 1/4 of the fence was cut away, releasing the deer into the mountainous countryside. GNK Ranch - owned by former LAPD Sergant Gerd Konieczny - is one of the 3 largest deer farms in California and hosts an on-site deer slaughterhouse.

We believe this to be the first ever deer liberation in the US. Freedom for these creatures - for whom death is a certainty- was a simple and unskilled operation. Hundreds of deer farms operate in this country. We encourage compassionate people everywhere to locate farms in their area and tear down their walls.

The venison industry remains small. Our hearts go out to victims of the larger problem, the billions of lives we are unable to save - cows, chickens, pigs, mice, rats, and others - casualties of the meat, dairy, vivisection and other industries of suffering and blood. Their pain is our own.


For the liberation of the helpless we will strike, A.L.F."

Contact AL Press Office at 818.932.9997

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Environmental Impact?

A few questions that I hope were / or will be considered in the future:

1) What deer species was this? Was it a local native species and subspecies or was it a non-native deer released with many harmful potential long-term impacts on local native flora and fauna. Alien species introduced into new habitats by humans is a leading cause of extinction. If this was not considered it should be considered in the future.

2) How many deer were released? Will local deer starve as a result of the increased population? What will be the impact on some of the very endangered local plant species in Monterey County?

Releasing animals tagged for human food or medical experiments may seem to you like the humane thing to do. I hope that these thoughts may help you or others in avoiding causing irreversible environmental catastrophes through your actions.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

this is great news.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

why is this not a main feature? Theres an ALF action in Santa Cruz's backyard and its barely visable in SC IMC? come on
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

The news reports that all of the released deer wound up returning to the farm a day or two later. Not too surprising. They returned to their food supply. How about thinking these actions through next time? It liberated ZERO animals and unnecessarily exposed someone to legal risk. Thumbs down on this action.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

you asked for it! indymedia delivered! this communiqué has been *featurized*
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

So the deer, being freed, return to their captors.

There's a lesson to be learned here, folks.

Most animals, including the human animal, sadly will endure a shackled and doomed life so long as they are allowed some measure of comfort in comparison to the harsh reality of independence and self-reliance.

Might as well give most Americans their freedom. They too would return to the comfort of the public trough, and the relative safety of submission to their government keepers.

We all want to be heroes and save the masses, but what if the masses don't want our form of salvation?

Then we are just rebels without a cause, and should focus on living our own humble lives.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

to "act first, think later", what if you're wrong and the masses DO want to be saved from capitalist extinction? What if the people are so brainwashed that they don't know it yet? Are you really going to compare the human intellect with the deers'? C'mon now.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

and let's say you're right (and I believe that you're far from it), are you saying that we should just shut up and continue on living within the corporate matrix? (even poor starving people working at McDonalds are within that matrix) What if we chose to form our own "colony" for folks disillusioned by the current system? Do you not think the national guard would come in and "take care of us"? Have a brain man, you're not thinking straight.
 

On 'thinking straight'

What you call 'thinking straight,' I call 'abject fear.'
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

where did this information come from --

" The news reports that all of the released deer wound up returning to the farm a day or two later".

give some proof of this.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

I challenge each of you to commit yourself an entire month of focusing your energies on true activism.

For one month, do not argue, brag, lecture, or otherwise speak of your activism. Instead, JUST DO IT. Turn off the computer, get off your ass, go out there and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

If you can't, then you're involved for the wrong reason. You're only here to brag, or vent, or to tell other people how to think.

Are you an activist, or are you just a talker?
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

"For one month, do not argue, brag, lecture, or otherwise speak of your activism."

Thanks for the lecture.

But true activism must challenge the power structure and as such must "argue", "lecture", and "otherwise speak of ones activism."
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

From: www.montereyherald.com/mld/montereyherald/10689697.htm

The deer were released during the wee hours of Tuesday morning but by nightfall had returned to their pen.

The emancipated deer were eating grass on a nearby hillside, Konieczny said.

"When they got their fill they came back home, which is the natural thing to do, because they're herd animals," Konieczny said.
 

ALF Released European Fallow Deer!

A few days ago I raised ecological concerns on this action. Getting no response from ALF I became suspicious so I decided to see what more I could find out about this release. It turns out that the deer that were released were European Fallow Deer!

AP reported, "About 400 European Fallow Deer escaped from the GNK ranch in San Miguel Tuesday after intruders cut a fence."

www.kiontv.com/news/local/story.aspx

If any of these animals did not return to their pen it will potentially be an environmental disaster. As I stated earlier, alien species introduced into new habitats by humans is a leading cause of extinction. The impacts could be to both flora and fauna.

One example of this kind of impact is the non-native feral burro population in the United States that has had extremely negative impacts on Big Horn Sheep populations, negative impacts on small mammal populations through trampling, as well as negative impacts on native plants.

Another example:

The rooting behavior of the non-native European Boar population in our area is extremely bad for preserving native plants and salamanders.

With alien plants the negative impact of a new species often isn’t known until it is too late to do much about it. Larger mammals like burros can be exterminated to preserve native species and bio-diversity, but such actions often face resistance from misinformed people who think they are fighting for animal rights. Yet what of the Big Horn Sheep? Similar problems for sound ecological management preserving native species could occur if a European Fallow Deer population is established.

An additional potential hazard of releasing deer from as far away as Europe is the potential of releasing new diseases that will spread to the native populations of Black-tailed Deer (Odocoileus hemionus californica)

ALF should put out a statement recognizing their mistakes on this action in order to avoid similar mistakes in the future.
 

it's called apathy

i have an idea. let's all criticize EVERY action that people actually DO. of course we will do NOTHING. wait,... we could maybe sign some petitions, or register for the green party, or shop at new leaf, or go to food not bombs servings at the farmers market, in fact... we could just make comment after comment ABOUT the latest ALF action, but by no means will we EVER commit an act of impassioned vengeance towards the institutions of torture.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

so what we're sayin is that we don't oppose the liberation of these deer but that we need the organization and $$$ to put them back where they belong. or if they can't survive in the wild to put them someplace where they can. like the horse rescue. or that farm up north where they buy or get the abused animals from the food industry and take care of them. the animals on this planet or treated shoddily. it's a tragedy.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

"i have an idea. let's all criticize EVERY action that people actually DO."

Any action that creates more and worse problems than were there before you came are not worth doing. It would have been much better for these people to have done nothing than to carry out this action.

Or do you think that saving the lives of a few individual animals justifies permanently damaging ecosystems and potentially wiping out entire species forever?

It is actions like this one that give ALF a bad name.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

Finally someone in the liberal left wing who's not afraid to fact check his own people and call them on a mistake. Maybe there's hope after all.

Steve, may I ask how exactly you would have designed this action had it been yours?
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

History, in England, showed animal rights activists that releasing thousands of minks into the wild, where many died and some attacked domestic animals, got the negative attention of the masses. The hated the messenger, but they heard the message. Years later, laws were changed protecting minks from anal electrocution by mink farmers. Now thousands of lives are saved each year.
It is the war, not the battle, that has enduring effect.
Releasing the deer raised the public consciousness. Slowly, the war is being won.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

"Years later, laws were changed protecting minks from anal electrocution by mink farmers. Now thousands of lives are saved each year."

Wait a minute here. If they mink farmers couldnt kill their minks anymore, then they cant skin the animals for their fur. Which makes mink farming pointless. Which means mink farming, including mink breeding, stops. Which means the lives "saved" aren't even being born.

Suppose you're murdered tomorrow. Would you still be grateful for having been born and allowed to live until tomorrow?

Granted you weren't raised on a slaughterhouse farm, but then a mink does not have nearly the same need and desire for freedom as a human. They have very simple minds and drastically limited awareness of their surroundings.
 

American Mink In The British Isles

The release of Mink in Britain is a good example of the horrendous problems that can be caused by the introduction of non-native animals into a foreign environment.

Mink are a non-native species now established in the British Isles.

As a result of the introduction the American Mink the Water Vole has plunged from a population of 9 million twenty years ago to around 800,000 today and could be rapidly heading for extinction. This surely has many other disastrous consequences on every end of the food chain. Birds are also horribly impacted by non-native Mink predation.

The Water Vole just did not evolve under conditions that included Mink predation. While species sometimes can adapt to new harmful conditions that they are not adapted to it is much more common for species to go extinct.

Culls of the introduced Mink have helped increase Water Vole populations in areas where they have occurred. Such culls could save the species (and save the lives of individual Water Voles). Animal rights activists are working against saving the remaining Water Voles by releasing additional Mink into the environment.

The culls are also costly and do not permanently eradicate the problem. None of this would be necessary if a new species was not stupidly released into an alien environment. The introduction of non-native species is a self-replicating bio-pollution that remains a much bigger threat and problem for to the environment than GMOs.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

why is no one is talking about the introduction of the ever abundant human and its habitats and voracious appetite for everything which leads to the extinction of countless species.
humans are native to almost no where.

let's talk about the way to release animals from their prisons.
 

End the human introduction of non-native species

Hu claims, "Humans are native to almost no where."

This is false. Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and rapidly spread out around the landmasses of most of our planet. In prehistory between 100,000 and 13,000 years ago we settled across every continent except Antarctica. We have been present long enough on most of this planet to be considered a native species.

Our advances in technology, however, do mean that we are a threat to ourselves and many other species. It will take a socialist restructuring of the economy to replace a society driven almost completely by capitalist profit to one that puts human and environmental needs first.

Also in terms of stopping extinctions caused by humans, ending the human introduction of non-native species into new environments would be a massive step in that direction. It is sad that the educational system is so bad in capitalist America when it comes to science that so many people here are unaware of this basic ecological problem.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

In your tirades against capitalist profit, have you ever tried to look further down the line instead of stopping your thinking there, Steve?

What happens when people accumulate capital? Do they just rape and pillage the earth and enslave the masses, for an endgame of dollars and sense in the bank and that's it?

Capital is a means to an end. There are many who use that capital to meet human and environmental needs.

You know nothing of the wealthy, nor the wealth, which you despise. Maybe you should get to know a class before you criticize it.

The arts, wildlife preserves, conservation efforts, universities, how do you think these are all born and how do they survive?

Case in point: The Monterey Bay Aquarium pays its bills with ticket and gift shop proceeds from tourists now, but where did the initial investment of millions of dollars come from?

Without the patronage, the investment risk, and the outright charity of the wealthy, your life here today would not be nearly so nice.

Your venom against the rich is no more rational than the conservatives' current demonization of muslims. You both fall into the same old mammalian trap of groupthink tribal hatred, relying on fear and anger to form community.

You act as if without an enemy, you would have no identity nor purpose. That is sad.

Evolve, please. For all our sakes.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

The capitalists are destroying the planet for a profit. Their patronage is nothing but a sugar coating on their poison pill.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

"This is false. Homo sapiens evolved in Africa and rapidly spread out around the landmasses of most of our planet. In prehistory between 100,000 and 13,000 years ago we settled across every continent except Antarctica. We have been present long enough on most of this planet to be considered a native species"

the above is a contradiction.

I almost resolved to avoid reading posts by steve argue but have not let his condescending
manner get the better of me.

he is a man who, while bemoaning a general lack of scientific knowledge, has stated on this site that sugar is a proper food for hummingbirds. When gently corrected he conceded only so far as to allow that 'organic' sugar should be fed.

No one can be right all of the time. Nor should be.

But we digress.

Where are the solutions?
 

Good Science

To answer Hu:

(1) Sugar water is exactly what hummingbirds get from flowers. I never conceded anything on this point.

(2) There is no contradiction in a species evolving in one place and being considered native in the entire area it has radiated into, especially when it has been present for so long.
 

Hummingbirds, Canaries in the Coal Mine

Here is the article that Hu is criticizing:

Hummingbirds, Canaries in the Coal Mine

By STEVE ARGUE
Red dye number 40, an azo dye made from coal tar, is found in human food and fed to hummingbirds in food mixes sold by Perky-Pet.

The idea of mixing red dye with sugar, and then upping the price to market it as a special food for hummingbirds is no doubt profitable for Perky-Pet and the manufacturers of red dye number 40, but what is the impact on hummingbirds? No controlled studies have been done to find out if the dye is safe for hummingbirds. In addition, strong anecdotal information from experienced wildlife rehabilitators indicates that the dye is harmful. They have found a disturbing rate of tumors on the bills and liver damage in hummingbirds that were known to feed on dyed sugar water.

Red dye number 40 is also fed to humans with the approval of the FDA; this does not mean it is safe for hummingbirds or even humans.

A good example of how chemicals react differently in the bodies of different organisms is the chemical acetaminophen. Acetaminophen, like red dye number 40, is also FDA approved and taken by many people under the brand name Tylenol. Yet a cat fed acetaminophen will quickly die. In addition studies have found acetaminophen to be a cause of horrible liver damage in humans, liver damage that is also greatly increased when the drug is combined with alcohol consumption. Alcohol makes acetaminophen more toxic while depleting another substance that protects against liver damage. Despite this fact consumers are not properly warned. As Doctor William Lee has stated of victims of acetaminophen liver failure, “They don't know they've done anything wrong until they have nausea, vomiting and jaundice?.

A good example of a substance that is harmless to humans, but deadly to hummingbirds is honey. Honey water in a feeder causes fungal infections that kill hummingbirds.

Yet there is solid evidence that the FDA approved red dye number 40 is also probably harmful to humans. Mice fed small amounts of the coal-based food additive have been shown to have cancerous damage done to their DNA (Tsuda S, Murakami M, Matsusaka N, Kano K, Taniguchi K, Sasaki YF: Toxicol Sci. 2001 May;61(1):92-9). Rats have been shown to exhibit evidence of physical and mental toxicity from the dye (Vorhees CV, Butcher RE, Brunner RL, Wootten V, Sobotka TJ: Toxicology. 1983;28(3):207-17). While being a legal food additive in the United States, red dye number 40 is banned in Denmark, Belgium, France, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Austria and Norway.

Red dye number 40 is very likely to be harmful to hummingbirds and it is also completely useless. The only reasonable purpose of any red dye would be to attract the attention of hummingbirds (because they are attracted to red). Yet regular sugar water (one fourth sugar, three fourths water) is much cheaper than hummingbird mixtures and works just as good at attracting hummingbirds (as you can see at my feeder in the included photo). The red on the feeder is sufficient to bring the hummingbirds around and studies have shown that hummingbirds prefer the taste of the clear liquid when given a choice. To catch the eyes of more hummingbirds a red ribbon around the feeder can also be used as well as planting flowers that attract hummingbirds.

A good native plant for this area that has flowers that attract hummingbirds is Mimulus aurantiacus (Sticky Monkey-Flower). I’ve planted these in my yard and the hummingbirds visit them regularly for nectar. In addition, the Sticky Monkey-Flower also attracts a couple butterflies whose larvae eat their leaves, the Chalcedon Checker-Spot and the Buckeye Butterfly.

When it comes to the health of hummingbirds and people it is best to error on the side of caution. Yet the FDA, when dealing with human lives prefers to error on the side of capitalist profit. Many food colorings are toxic and as a general rule it is a good idea to avoid all of them.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

again we digress.

why would one choose to feed hummingbirds processed sugar? when they eat nectar from plants (as they evolved to do) they get not only the nectars but also pollen and a delicious assortment of bug body pieces. no sugar-water concentration is representative of all flower nectars that hummingbirds eat.
just call the birdfeeder on soquel (not a plug! not a plug!...don't buy anything) and ask them what their hummingbird food consists of. it's not sugar water.

I personally would contribute to and support a deer rescue like the horse rescue in carmel. betcha those same folks (the horse rescue ppl) would too.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

Flower nectar is pure sugar water.

Hummingbirds do not eat pollen.

Hummingbirds hunt down spiders and other arthropods as part of their diet. But insect body parts are generally not just hanging out in flower nectar.

The number of hummingbirds has increased due to feeders, they are not being harmed by sugar water without red dye.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

nectar is not sugar and water. in simplest terms it can contain sucrose, glucose, fructose, amino acids, vitamins, oils and, some say, proteins.

adult hummingbirds digest a small amount of pollen while they collect it and feed it to their chicks.

it is there in the plants they visit as are gnats and other insects which are attracted to the nectar and are eaten by the hummingbird upon accidental meeting.

and yes most hummingbird species hunt spiders as well as use the webbing in their nests.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

Hummingbirds have done so well because of feeders that they have changed their migration patterns. Anna's hummingbird in Santa Cruz stays all year round rather than going south as a result of feeders.

This could cause some ecological problems, but obviously these birds are doing well.

Perhaps you can show me a study that shows hummingbirds collecting and digesting pollen, but this not at all my understanding.

Most flowers adapted to hummingbird pollination have their anthers situated in such a way where the pollen is picked up and transferred, but not ingested. I find it hard to believe that any incidental pollen in the diet would be important. Perhaps you can direct me to a study that says so.

OK, I must admit that saying that nectar is only sugar water is an over simplification. These, however, are the primary ingredients that hummingbirds depend on from flowers. Hummingbirds never rely solely on feeder or flower nectar for food. They get proteins and other nutrients they need from the arthropods they hunt.

One of the primary risks to hummingbirds from feeders is that they be fed red dye #40. I don't understand your hostility to me teaching people of that fact.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

my apologies for sounding hostile.

you condone and advocate human intervention in hummingbird migration and feeding patterns while not fully knowing (no one does) the implications of this on every species and habitat involved. also it is done purely for human pleasure. even growing plants to attract hummingbirds would be more beneficial but, on a large scale, still invasive.

the release of these deer would be deleterious. I agree. but when I learned of it my heart soared. I sincerely hope it is the start of something big.

Bent 1940 looked at pollen ingestion in hummingbirds, Carpenter and Castronova 1980 measured pollen ingestion by hummingbird chicks.
this was sited in a study by A.T Brice, K.H. Dahl, C.R. Grau, Dept of avian sciences, u of c davis.
 

Re: ALF Liberates Entire Deer Population from GNK Deer Farm

Hummingbird migrations have already been changed by feeding. This will not change without laws outlawing the feeding of hummingbirds. My main thrust, however, is not to get people to feed hummingbirds or not feed hummingbirds, but to stop the use of red dye #40.

The planting of local native plants in cities where there are none is not harmful or invasive. It is the providing of habitat where most likely there would be none.

Thanks for the pollen references.
 

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