McLeish calls for pro­tec­tion of farm­ers

Mansfield Courier - - Property Guide -

CINDY McLeish (MLA, Eil­don) has called for greater pro­tec­tion for lo­cal farm­ers af­ter an­i­mal ac­tivists pub­lished their per­sonal de­tails on the in­ter­net.

“The potential for overzeal­ous ac­tivists to tres­pass on a prop­erty and cause phys­i­cal dam­age, or worse, be in­volved in an as­sault is very high,” Ms McLeish said.

“That’s why the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment must take im­me­di­ate ac­tion to pro­tect farm­ers and their liveli­hoods.”

Ms McLeish’s calls come af­ter ac­tivist group Aussie Farms pub­lished a map list­ing farm ad­dresses and en­cour­ag­ing ac­tivists to take video footage and pho­to­graphs to doc­u­ment al­leged an­i­mal cru­elty.

Speak­ing in the Vic­to­rian Par­lia­ment, Ms McLeish slammed Daniel An­drews for not con­demn­ing the web­site and the an­i­mal ac­tivist group be­hind it.

“Not only is en­ter­ing a farm un­inYLWHG DJDLQVW WKH ODZ LW¶V DOVR D VLJQL¿ cant biose­cu­rity risk and could put a fam­ily’s business at risk,” she said.

“The govern­ment must send a strong mes­sage to would be tres­passers that they will face the full brunt of the law if they stupidly en­ter farms with the in­ten­tion of harm­ing a le­git­i­mate business.”

Ms McLeish called on the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment to write to the Char­i­ties Com­mis­sion ask­ing it to con­sider re­vok­ing Aussie Farms’ char­ity sta­tus.

“Any or­gan­i­sa­tion that op­er­ates with a bla­tant dis­re­gard for pri­vacy and safety does not de­serve the priv­i­leges that are af­forded to a reg­is­tered char­ity.

“I un­der­stand the Fed­eral Minister for Agri­cul­ture David Lit­tleproud has writ­ten to the Char­i­ties Com­mis­sion ask­ing for Aussie Farms to be delisted as a char­ity.

“The Vic­to­rian Govern­ment should show sup­port for our farm­ers by do­ing the same.”

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