Sur­prise, you’re on Aussie Farms

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

WHEN Eidsvold’s Dianne Wilson found out she and her hus­band An­drew were on the Aussie Farms map, as they run chick­ens and cat­tle, her first re­ac­tion was in­dig­na­tion. Her se­cond was to call the Times.

“What is their ob­ses­sion?” she ques­tioned.

“Why are they so an­gry? It is their choice to be ve­gan, it’s our choice to eat meat.

“You can’t shame peo­ple for own­ing farms.

“They’re mak­ing a liv­ing like ev­ery­one else.

“I don’t know what they want and what are they go­ing to do when they get it?

“Is it go­ing to help third-world coun­tries put food on the ta­ble?

“Is it go­ing to help us get off our phones and talk to each other at the din­ner ta­ble?

“If they got their way, what would I do? I’d have to kill all my chooks any­way.”

Malitha Cooper, a barista at Mrs Wilson’s Eidsvold on the Cor­ner Mo­tel and Cafe, agrees the ac­tivists’ tac­tics are ques­tion­able.

“When you’re scared into be­liev­ing some­thing, that’s a prob­lem, that’s not a choice,” she said.

“They (farm­ers) are just try­ing to feed their fam­i­lies.”

Mrs Wilson said, with the strict­ness of govern­ment reg­u­la­tion and la­belling, peo­ple al­ready knew where their food came from, one of Aussie Farms’ stated rea­sons for the map’s ex­is­tence.

Biose­cu­rity risks are at the fore­front of Mrs Wilson’s mind.

“We’ve all got to do biose­cu­rity, which I agree with, but any per­son can now walk on to my prop­erty, they could po­ten­tially put some­thing on their boots.”

Above all, she says, she is sad for hu­mankind if we can’t set­tle our dif­fer­ences with­out re­sort­ing to at­tacks.

“Ev­ery­one is only try­ing to do what they think is best in the world.

“It’s sad that we can’t talk in the com­mon arena.”

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