Farm­ers rally over ve­gan protests

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Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion’s Wim­mera-based leader has come out strongly in de­fence of farm­ers in the wake of animal-ac­tivist protests and ac­tiv­i­ties across the coun­try.

Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent David Jochinke as­sured con­sumers that Aus­tralian farm­ers strived to achieve world-best prac­tice in animal pro­duc­tion.

He said this in­cluded animal health and wel­fare.

“If you choose not to con­sume these prod­ucts, I am also proud to say that

Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture pro­vides you with many other healthy and safe pro­tein sources,” he said.

“Our farm­ers de­liver great pro­duce – eth­i­cal and sus­tain­able food for their com­mu­ni­ties and con­sumers.

“Healthy animals mean a healthy and pro­duc­tive farm.”

Mr Jochinke said the lat­est ve­gan ac­tivist ac­tiv­i­ties had achieved lit­tle more than traf­fic and busi­ness dis­rup­tions, un­like pre­vi­ous events across the coun­try.

“We are for­tu­nate that lat­est ac­tivist ac­tiv­i­ties ap­pear to have been peace­ful, un­like the other events we have seen un­fold across the coun­try where large num­bers of tres­passers have in­vaded farm­ing busi­nesses,” he said.

Mr Jochinke said pro­test­ers needed to re­spect the choices of oth­ers – ‘from those who en­joy choco­late for a treat and con­sume milk af­ter ex­er­cise to help with mus­cle re­cov­ery to peo­ple who start their day with scram­bled eggs on toast and cel­e­brate fam­ily events with a roast din­ner or bar­beque’.

“Farm­ers re­spect their animals and in­vest heav­ily in re­search and devel­op­ment to en­sure they are al­ways adopt­ing the lat­est sci­ence-based meth­ods,” he said.

“This is to guarantee their end prod­uct meets a range of spec­i­fi­ca­tions to suit a wide va­ri­ety of con­sumers from around the world.

“While farm­ers and city-based con­sumers might at times live very dif­fer­ent lives, we ac­tu­ally have many things in com­mon.

“We value fam­ily and safety, we care for our animals, be they pets or farm animals, and we pride our­selves in grow­ing and con­sum­ing great food.”

Mr Jochinke said fed­er­a­tion mem­bers thanked Vic­to­ria Po­lice of­fi­cers in en­sur­ing the safety of Vic­to­rian farm­ers and the com­mu­nity dur­ing the protests.

Ve­gan activists have been protesting, through a va­ri­ety of in­ci­dents in­volv­ing abat­toirs and farms across var­i­ous Aus­tralian states, for greater animal rights.

There are var­i­ous forms of di­etary and philo­soph­i­cal ve­gan­ism, which gen­er­ally call for ab­sti­nence in the use of animal prod­ucts and the ex­ploita­tion of animals.

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