Webster wants activist penalties
Nationals candidate for Mallee Anne Webster has called for tougher penalties for people who trespass on private land to harass farming communities.
Ms Webster said farmers worked hard in often unforgiving conditions, such as the latest dry spell, to ensure crops and their animals were taken care of and Australians could have food on their tables.
Ms Webster made the comments in response to vegan-based animal-activist demonstrations and activities across Australia
“Australia’s agriculture industry not only provides food for us, it provides food for millions of people across the globe, including Asia and Europe,” she said.
“This isn’t a matter of ideology, this is about people acting illegally.
“For farmers, local businesses, their families and their staff to feel threatened in their homes, their place of work, is simply not good enough.
“We are lucky enough to live in a country where you can publish your thoughts and express your views freely; there is no need for this type of behaviour.
“For those who choose to break the law there should be penalties. Theft, trespassing and harassment are serious behavioural issues and those who choose to act in such a way should be dealt with accordingly.
“I would like to see law-abiding vegans condemn this latest behaviour and show respect to the contribution our farmers make to our communities.”
Ms Webster has joined a chorus of community and industry leaders in declaring support for farmers amid disruptive protests against the commercial use of animals for food and other products.
Farmers and farming activities and businesses have been among targets of demonstrators.