Call for harsher penal­ties to stop farm tres­passers

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL -

AGFORCE has called for ag­gres­sive an­i­mal ac­tivists who il­le­gally en­ter pri­mary en­ter­prises like feed­lots and farms to be sub­ject to the full force of the law, say­ing it is only a mat­ter of time be­fore one th­ese dan­ger­ous stunts ends in se­ri­ous in­jury or death.

The plea came af­ter the lat­est stunt, where 100 ac­tivists yelling slo­gans stormed a Dar­ling Downs feed­lot and dairy, ter­ri­fy­ing the farmer’s fam­ily and live­stock.

Agforce CEO Michael Guerin said that, far from the car­ing, peace-lov­ing im­age th­ese protesters like to por­tray, they are vi­o­lent bul­lies who rely on threats, in­tim­i­da­tion and ter­ror to push their rad­i­cal agenda.

“Peace­ful protest is one thing, but tres­pass­ing onto some­one else’s prop­erty, fright­en­ing chil­dren and an­i­mals, breach­ing biose­cu­rity mea­sures that are there to pro­tect ev­ery­one – this is crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity we’re wit­ness­ing and it’s go­ing un­pun­ished,” Mr Guerin said.

“Gov­ern­ments have to take steps now to put an end to this es­ca­lat­ing ac­tion be­fore it’s too late.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DAN­GER: Farm­ers are call­ing for po­lice ac­tion af­ter an­i­mal ac­tivists stormed a Millmer­ran feed­lot.

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