Ac­tivists: ‘We didn’t in­vent Google Maps’

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: NEV MADSEN

DE­BATE: Animal ac­tivists have hit back at dis­grun­tled farm­ers.

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