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· Animal rights group Aussie Farms faces crackdown after nationwide protests
· Animal rights activist arrested after ruining a dolphin show at Sea World begs for YOU to pay her fines - saying she's broke after travelling the world
· Animal activists hold protests around the country on one year anniversary of confronting documentary
Animal rights group Aussie Farms faces crackdown after nationwide protests
Attorney general asks privacy commissioner to investigate Aussie Farms and calls for boost to trespass penalties
Paul Karp, The Guardian (UK)
8 Apr 2019
The attorney general has asked the privacy commissioner to investigate Aussie Farms and called on states to increase trespass penalties in response to the animal rights group.
But Coalition backbenchers including senators John Williams and James McGrath have demanded the government do more, including stripping Aussie Farms of charitable status due to concerns publication of information about farms encourages trespass.
The Aussie Farms website shows the location of hundreds of farms and abattoirs, encouraging people to upload photos or videos of animal exploitation in a bid to influence consumer choices.
Although the agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has already said he will write to the charity commissioner to review its charitable status, scrutiny on Aussie Farms intensified on Monday because of nationwide protests including by vegan activists in Melbourne.
The National Farmers’ Federation chief executive, Tony Mahar, said that the world’s biggest action by animal rights activists had resulted in the unlawful entry of a Queensland dairy farm while meat processors in Yangan, Queensland; Goulburn, New South Wales and Laverton, Victoria were shut down for several hours.
“Farmers have endured an anxious 24 hours with the threat of farm invasions by radical extremists looming large,” he said.
“We thank the police in these states for acting quickly, and in many cases we are aware that the offenders have been charged.”
The attorney general, Christian Porter, wrote to the privacy commissioner on Monday arguing that “there are strong grounds to conclude that Aussie Farms Inc is engaging in a systematic effort in collecting, using and disclosing personal information to the detriment of farmers and agricultural producers”.
He requested the commissioner investigate whether a breach of privacy had occurred after a special regulation on Saturday applied the requirements of the Privacy Act to the group.
Porter said it appeared that Aussie Farms Inc “continues to act in a way inconsistent with its obligation under the Privacy Act and has played a significant role in spreading disruptive protest activity from Australia’s farms to our capital cities”.
Porter also asked states and territories to “consider taking action to strengthen penalties and enforcement of criminal trespass offences”.
Porter complained that “a number of farmers and associated businesses have experienced criminal trespass, intimidation and disruption of their business activities” but there had only been “a limited number of prosecutions or arrests”...
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Animal rights activist arrested after ruining a dolphin show at Sea World begs for YOU to pay her fines - saying she's broke after travelling the world
Animal rights activist has asked the public to donate to pay her protesting fines
Angela Banovic received a $783 fine for public nuisance for a Sea World protest
She was again protesting on Monday as part of nationwide vegan activism
By Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia
via Daily Mail UK - 8 April 2019
An animal activist who recently travelled to Japan and Mexico is asking for donations to pay a fine for she received disrupting a dolphin show at Sea World.
Angela Banovic, from the Gold Coast, received a $783 fine for public nuisance for the disruption to the dolphin shows at the popular theme park.
'We managed to disrupt 3 SeaWorld shows in total. We made history and actually STOPPED the show!' she wrote online after the incident.
Despite not being able to pay her fine Ms Banovic was again protesting on Monday at Carey Bros Meatworks near Warwick in south-east Queensland.
She was among a group of about 20 protesters who would only leave the facility after being given three live sheep, which they reportedly drove away with in the back of a small hatchback.
It is understood another group of over 100 protesters were outside the facility.
'We negotiated the rescue of three lambs and there was no charge,' Ms Banovic posted online.
'The action aims to draw attention to the inherent cruelty of animal agriculture and to demand transparency so that consumers can make informed choices.'
Her previous activism includes moving to Coffs Harbour in 2016 to protest the Dolphin Marine Magic Conservation Park and protesting against the use of shark nets in Manly also in 2016.
In asking for the money to pay her fine for the Sea World incident Ms Banovic posted to Facebook that she had been an animal rights activist 'for five years and that she had 'never asked for financial assistance from anyone.'
'I have put myself into debt and spent all my money on activism in the past 4 months — flights for my attempt to re-enter Japan to be a voice for the dolphin in Taiji, QLD for the sunrise at SeaWorld event and flights etc to Mexico spending 2.5 months on campaign on the M/V Sharpie...
Animal activists hold protests around the country on one year anniversary of confronting documentary
They chained themselves together at locations around the country and blocked a city’s biggest intersection. This is the simple reason why.
Rohan Smith, News.com.au (AU)
Apr 8, 2019
To commuters, they’re a nuisance, a roadblock between home and work.
To farmers and workers at Australia’s meat production businesses, they’re a hindrance to Monday morning operations.
To Victoria’s Public Order Response Team, they’re a problem to be dealt with by force when all other means of reasoning fail.
To the Prime Minister, they’re “un-Australian”.
But the vegans who sat in the middle of Melbourne’s busiest intersection for four hours and chained themselves to conveyor belts at abattoirs around the country had a goal and they achieved it. At least partly.
They wanted attention and they got it.
They wanted animal liberation — loud chants declared exactly that echoed outside Flinders Street Station this morning.
More specifically, they wanted exposure for a film they say highlights how Australia’s consumption of animal products ignores a disturbing truth about where our food comes from.
This week marks one year since the release of the documentary Dominion, which uses drones and hidden cameras to expose “the dark underbelly of modern animal agriculture”.
The film, narrated by Joaquin Phoenix, starts with a call to viewers to wake up.
“The picturesque family farm and the iconic loving farmer. A humane and painless end, a small price to pay for a life well-lived. An arrangement of mutual benefit,” the narrator begins.
“Hidden by this narrative, out of sight, out of mind, they cease to be individuals, most known only as ‘livestock’. Faceless units of production in a system of incomprehensible scale. Exempt from the cruelty laws that protect our companion animals.”
The documentary questions the “morality and validity of humankind’s dominion over the animal kingdom”.
Posters for the film were plastered over rental vans parked in the middle of Flinders and Swanston streets this morning. As the vehicles were hooked up to tow trucks and protesters were handcuffed and marched away, officers pulled the posters down and tossed them in the bin...