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Vegan Activists Face Tough New Fines In Australia

by | July 22, 2019

Australian Government officials have labelled vegan activists as “domestic terrorists” as they announce tough new penalties for activists who enter farms without permission.

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The news comes in the wake of a global upswing of on-farm demonstrations and undercover surveillance from vegan and animal welfare activists which, despite raising awareness of the plight of animals, have not been unanimously well received.

“Our farmers have had a gutful,” said New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro.

“They don’t deserve nor have time to be dealing with illegal trespass and vile harassment from a bunch of virtue signalling thugs.”

As of August 1, activists who enter farms will now face on-the-spot fines of $1,000, and further fines of up to $220,000. Activist corporations found guilty of being involved in the organisation of events breaching biosecurity laws will receive penalties up to $440,000.

The New South Wales State Government has chosen the route of breach of biosecurity, rather than trespass, as it allows for much tougher penalties.

According to Nine News the Australian Federal Government is also planning on bringing in legislation this week which could see activists spending up to five years in jail for inciting break ins on properties.

Do you agree with these tough new fines and sentences that the Australian Government is bringing in? Let us know in the comments below.


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