SCRUBBING away patches of soil on his farm in Boompa, James Hansen fears he’ll have to be on the lookout for unwelcome visitors.
The North Burnett dairy farmer and Fraser Coast councillor fears his safety and the safety of other farmers is at risk after addresses and details were published on an interactive map run by an Australian animal activist group.
Cr Hansen took to the council podium on Wednesday to slam the action as jeopardising the livelihood of farmers.
His fiery comments follow national outrage from farmers and Federal MPs across Australia over the interactive map, which have sparked calls for authorities to shut it down.
The map details the locations, addresses, accreditation numbers and names of farms and abattoirs all over Australia.
Aussie Farms, an animal activist group with more than 22,000 Facebook followers, released the map last Monday, saying it was an attempt to “force transparency on an industry dependent on secrecy”.
Cr Hansen’s Boompa farm, as well as many other farms across the North Burnett, is listed on the map.
The move has sparked security and biosecurity concerns from farming groups and MPs should members stage protests or break on to properties.
Speaking at Wednesday’s council meeting in Hervey Bay, Cr Hansen said he felt the publication of addresses and personal details by the group was an attack on Australian farmers.
“They’ve listed our private details on a website,” Cr Hansen said.
“There are direct, very precise, maps to get to our farms and the only reason they would do that is to disrupt our livelihoods.
“It’s a terrible thing and as a community leader I condemn this action.
“I don’t condemn what people eat and that sort of thing, but I condemn these sorts of actions.”
Cr Hansen said he was not only concerned for farmers, but also for the activists.
“If they enter people’s farms, a lot of farmers have dogs and that kind of stuff, it’s not safe,” he said.
“You don’t want people coming along to your property uninvited and doing what they want to do.”
According to its website, Aussie Farms aims to end “commercialised animal abuse and exploitation in Australian animal agriculture facilities” by “increasing industry transparency and educating the public about modern farming and slaughtering practices”.
FARM SECURITY FEARS: North Burnett dairy farmer and Fraser Coast councillor James Hansen has slammed the activities of farm activist group Aussie Farms.