According to media reports, early on October 16 approximately 3000 mink were released from La Visonnière Labonté de Thetford Mines, the largest fur farm in Quebec.

Farm director Pierre Labonté told a local newspaper, "Not only did they open the cages and release mink, but they also destroyed their pedigree cards, which is the trademark of anti-fur militants." (The cards contain irreplacable information about an individual animal's life history.) With the loss of genetic information, Mr. Labonté said the escaped mink are no longer useful for breeding. "We have insurance that protects us against theft, but not against this type of crime," he addded and estimated losses at $200,000.