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'Militant' Vegan Protestors Lose Charity Status After Publishing Map Of Australian Farms

Stewart Perrie

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'Militant' Vegan Protestors Lose Charity Status After Publishing Map Of Australian Farms

An Aussie organisation has lost its charity status after it published a map of farms and slaughter houses around the country.

Animal Farms Inc sparked controversy when it uploaded the map, which included contact details for each property.

The group registered as a charity last year however the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has revoked that right as of yesterday.

Credit: Aussie Farms/Facebook
Credit: Aussie Farms/Facebook

Commissioner Gary Johns said: "Charities must stick to their purpose, and maintain their obligations under the ACNC Act, Charities Act and adhere to governance standards.

"By revoking the charity registration of Aussie Farms Inc, the organisation is no longer able to access Commonwealth charity tax concessions.

"Revocation of charity status is the most serious action the ACNC can take."

The group has been criticised by federal ministers for attacking Aussie farmers who were just trying to make an honest living.

But the decision from the Commission has been welcomed as 'common sense'.

Minister for Water Resources, Drought, Rural Finance, Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud believes charity status should be reserved for organisations and groups that stick to the word's definition.

"As Agriculture Minister, I wrote to the Charities Commissioner asking him to review Aussie Farms charitable status," he told Stockland.

"I also worked with the Attorney-General to bring Aussie Farms under the Privacy Act with a maximum penalty of $2.1 million for breaching the act.

"Charities do not invade people's privacy and encourage illegal behaviour. Our farmers deserve respect for putting the best food in the world on our dinner tables.

"These activists put farming families at risk by encouraging large-scale trespass. No one wants 50 strangers invading their backyard where their kids play.

"Aussie Farms will lose charity tax benefits after being exposed for what they are - militant activists."

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Aussie Farms Inc was responsible for launching a rally that shut down Melbourne's CBD.

The group will have a chance to appeal the decision handed down by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.

Featured Image Credit: Aussie Farms

Topics: News, Vegan, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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