Surprise, you’re on Aussie Farms
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.”