Animal Rights Activists Will Cop A $600 Fine In Queensland If They Trespass On A Farm
Animal rights activists can now expect a hefty fine if they want to trespass on a farm or abattoir in Queensland.
Following the mass protests that erupted across Australia last week, legislators in the Sunshine State have moved swiftly to ensure those who want to repeat those actions will be punished accordingly.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in a statement: "We want our farmers to get on with their job, to be able to work in a stress-free environment and not have activists, who are coming mainly from interstate to Queensland, causing them distress, which has an impact on our export industry as well," the Premier said.
"I understand the stress that this issue is causing our farmers, our families. Last week, Minister Furner and I had the opportunity to talk directly to the Queensland Farmers' Federation about this important issue.
"I do not believe anyone would believe that it is acceptable for people to cause this distress to hardworking families who work hard on the land."
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There have been plenty of farms across the state - and the country for that matter - that have been invaded by protestors who are against the meat and dairy industry.
One of those was captured on camera when around 100 vegan protestors stormed a property.
The owner of the farm, David McNamee, told Queensland Country Life: "This incident has been extremely distressing for our family and our staff.
"We follow industry best practice, the safety of our staff and livestock are a priority - as well as adhering to the stringent biosecurity protocols for our industry."
Concerns were raised when animal rights charity Aussie Farms published a map of all the meat processing facilities, horse racing tracks and showground pens, chicken and pig farms, sheep and cattle stations and fisheries in Australia.
As a result, data privacy legislation was introduced to ensure farmer's personal details weren't leaked onto the internet.
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