Activists: ‘We didn’t invent Google Maps’
AUSSIE Farms has hit back at disgruntled farmers, saying the organisation “didn’t invent Google Maps”.
Concerns grew among the Burnett farming community earlier this week after the animal rights group launched an interactive online map detailing the location and contact details of farms Australia wide.
In a post to Facebook, Aussie Farms said they received a plethora of messages and emails from farmers asking for the details of farming operations to be removed from the map, when they weren’t highlighted with a marker in the first place.
“We didn’t invent Google Maps, nor do we have our own satellite with which to take imagery. If this is the first time you’ve discovered that satellite imagery of your home or business is available online for anyone to see, that could be understandably confronting, but Google Maps was launched almost 14 years ago, and we were not involved in that process,” it states.
The post was accompanied by a screenshot of a message they received asking why country primary schools appeared on the satellite imagery Aussie Farms displayed on their website.
“The part we’ve done, is added markers onto a Google Map, indicating the location of factory farms, slaughterhouses, and other animal exploitation businesses, using publicly available information (e.g. the Yellow Pages), to allow consumers to see the reality of modern animal agriculture,” Aussie Farms stated.
DEBATE: Animal activists have hit back at disgruntled farmers.