Protect local farmers against animal rights activists
The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, has launched a petition to defend the rights of Victorian farmers against unlawful action by animal rights activists.
The petition supports a motion introduced to Parliament by The Nationals to ensure activists feel the full force of the law.
The motion was introduced in response to the increasing number of illegal entries onto Victorian farms and the mass publication online of personal addresses by activist group Aussie Farms.
“Local farmers and their families need our support and protection from the unlawful actions of extreme animal rights activists,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Militant activism that includes trespass on Victorian farms, livestock theft and property damage isn’t charity work – it’s breaking the law.
“Gippsland farmers work hard and the vast majority operate responsible and sustainable businesses where the welfare of their animals is of the highest priority.
“Our farmers deserve to be able to operate their farms without fear of raids on their properties that, perversely, can harm the welfare of the animals the activists are apparently trying to protect.”
The petition calls for the urgent need for stronger protection of law-abiding farmers and requests Aussie Farms status as a charitable organisation be revoked.
Mr O’Brien said the Andrews Labor Government must support calls for Aussie Farms to be stripped of its charity tax status after their mass privacy breach.
The petition also calls for the Aussie Farms website to be immediately taken down and stronger legal protections to appropriately penalise aggressive protestors and trespassers who threaten or encourage damage to property or incite trespass and biosecurity breaches.
The petition can be signed at Mr O’Brien’s electorate office – 54B Cunninghame St, Sale or online at dannyobrienmp.com.au/protectourfarmers.