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·         Farmers targeted by animal rights lobby [AU]

* Late last year animal rights activists entered Queensland dairy, pig and poultry farms without permission.

* In December protesters entered a poultry factory through a side entrance in Mount Cotton, south of Brisbane.

* In January police charged a man and a woman after they allegedly stole two pigs and 13 chickens from Sunshine Coast properties.

* In January animal rights charity Aussie Farms published the locations and contact details of Australian farming and animal-related properties.

* It maps horse racing tracks, butchers and abattoirs, fisheries, showground holding pens, greyhound breeders, meat processing facilities, chicken farms, knackeries, piggeries, sheep and cattle stations and rodeo grounds.

* The Aussie Farms website lists issues connected to the farming of various animals, including genetic alterations, how they are grown, confined and treated.

 

·         Vegan Activists 'Bring Melbourne To Standstill' In Coordinated Nationwide Protest

Around 50 people have been arrested over the massive action, which has seen activists protest in cities and around slaughterhouses to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of animal rights documentary 'Dominion'

 

·         Scott Morrison denounces ‘green criminals’ as vegan protests block Melbourne CBD

Nearly 50 people charged over incidents in Victoria and NSW as animal rights protests sweep Australia

 

·         Meat lovers hit back at vegan protests

MEAT-loving Australians took to social media yesterday in a show of support for farmers as vegan activists disrupted city traffic, chained themselves to abattoir equipment and cut livestock fences at a series of coordinated protests across eastern Australia yesterday… 

 

·         ‘Tipping point’: Australia’s ‘vegan future’

... It also comes as the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogenic, placing it alongside asbestos and tobacco...

 

 

 

Farmers targeted by animal rights lobby

Protesters against animals being eaten, raced or worked have stepped up their campaign to bring an end to all animal farming.

 

Source AAP

via SBS News (Australia) - Apr 8, 2019

 

WHERE IT BEGAN

 

* Late last year animal rights activists entered Queensland dairy, pig and poultry farms without permission.

 

* In December protesters entered a poultry factory through a side entrance in Mount Cotton, south of Brisbane.

 

* In January police charged a man and a woman after they allegedly stole two pigs and 13 chickens from Sunshine Coast properties.

 

* In January animal rights charity Aussie Farms published the locations and contact details of Australian farming and animal-related properties.

 

* It maps horse racing tracks, butchers and abattoirs, fisheries, showground holding pens, greyhound breeders, meat processing facilities, chicken farms, knackeries, piggeries, sheep and cattle stations and rodeo grounds.

 

* The Aussie Farms website lists issues connected to the farming of various animals, including genetic alterations, how they are grown, confined and treated.

 

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?

 

* Queensland Farmers Federation called on the state government to increase punishments for trespassers on farming properties.

 

* It said the map being made public caused a biosecurity risk.

 

* Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said he would write and ask the Charities Commission to consider revoking Aussie Farms' charity status.

 

* Mr Littleproud said he would also ask the Attorney-General to consider whether the Information Commissioner could investigate if publishing addresses online breached privacy rights.

 

* The federal government later said activists could face fines up to $420,000 for trespassing on private farming properties.

 

A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN ...

 

more

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/farmers-targeted-by-animal-rights-lobby

 

 

Vegan Activists 'Bring Melbourne To Standstill' In Coordinated Nationwide Protest

Around 50 people have been arrested over the massive action, which has seen activists protest in cities and around slaughterhouses to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of animal rights documentary 'Dominion'

 

Maria Chiorando, Plant Based News

Apr 8, 2019

 

Vegan activists brought Melbourne to a standstill on Monday in an action which was part of a coordinated nationwide protest against the treatment of animals.

 

The Australia-wide day of action saw campaigners stopping traffic in city centers as well as blockading slaughterhouses around the country, in Corio, Pakenham, Toowoomba, and Bacchus Marsh among other locations.

 

The action marks the one-year anniversary of the release of Dominion - an Australian documentary by Aussie Farms which exposed the horrors of animal agriculture through hidden camera and drone footage.

 

Vegan activism

 

Demonstrators holding placards saying 'you have been lied to; watch Dominion' and 'this is a peaceful protest' blocked off one of the biggest intersections in Melbourne - with more than 100 people taking part - effectively bringing the city to a standstill, according to media reports. Nearly 40 arrests were made.

 

One of the organizers - Kristen Lee - spoke to Australia's Today show about the action, saying: "We're here today to draw attention to the film Dominion...That film shows the truth about what's happening to animals in this country and around the world.

 

"We believe people are making choices that go against their core values, so we want to draw attention to the truth, so we can encourage people to make change. We also want to show that we're just regular people who have had enough. We are killing the planet and we are killing animals at rates that are unacceptable."

 

Animal cruelty

 

Speaking on television about the protests, Dominion director Chris Delforce said: "I'd urge anyone who felt angered or inconvenienced today to watch the film Dominion or at least watch just two minutes of gas chamber footage from inside pig slaughterhouses. That's how most pigs in Australia are killed.

 

"If you watch that footage you will understand why we had to be there today. The simple fact is that what's happening to animals on farms and in slaughterhouses is intentionally hidden from consumers, but we believe they have the right to know.

 

"We believe this industry needs to be more transparent so consumers can make informed choices about what they want to support because we think most consumers are opposed to animal cruelty."

 

'Shameful' ...

 

more, including links, video [1:59:59 min.] 

https://www.plantbasednews.org/post/vegan-activists-melbourne-standstill-coordinated-nationwide-protest

 

 

Scott Morrison denounces ‘green criminals’ as vegan protests block Melbourne CBD

Nearly 50 people charged over incidents in Victoria and NSW as animal rights protests sweep Australia

 

The Guardian (UK)

Mon 8 Apr 2019

 

Scott Morrison has called animal rights activists “un-Australian green criminals” following protests around Australia, including a major one in Melbourne which led to the arrest of 38 people.

 

The prime minister said Australia was prepared to join a legal challenge if any landholder wanted to launch legal action against animal rights activists protesting on their farms.

 

Campaigning in Brisbane on Monday, Morrison blasted recent protests by activists he dubbed “green collared criminals” and declared “if there are pastoralists, farmers, graziers, that are in a position to bring a civil action against these groups looking to undermine their livelihood, the commonwealth is totally open to supporting them in a test case to show these green criminals [it is not on]”.

 

The comments follow protests around the country, including a demonstration in Melbourne on Monday morning involving more than 100 activists that brought a busy CBD intersection to a standstill.

 

Two 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old and 36 adults were charged with offences relating to obstructing a roadway and resisting police.

 

Other protests in Victoria targeted abattoirs at Corio, Pakenham, Laverton North and Bacchus Marsh in Victoria.

 

In a series of protests across the country, nine people have been charged after chaining themselves to machinery at an abattoir run by Southern Meats in Goulburn, New South Wales in the early hours of Monday. Police were called to cut the protesters free.

 

The group consisted of three men, one 46 and two aged 22, and six women, aged between 21 and 61.

 

Another cohort of animal rights protesters say police tailed them to a Queensland abattoir where they broke in and chained themselves up before negotiating their way out with three sheep.

 

No one was arrested or charged after 19 activists invaded the Carey Bros Abattoir near Warwick before dawn on Monday.

 

However, the owner of the business, Greg Carey, indicated on Monday that he wanted the activists charged.

 

“They are trying to bring our primary agricultural industry to its knees using stand over tactics … this is un-Australian and harms the livelihood of many,” he told the ABC.

 

Morrison also urged state governments to take action...

 

more, including video [0:43 min.] 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/apr/08/animal-rights-activists-block-melbourne-cbd-amid-protests-at-abattoirs-around-australia

 

 

Meat lovers hit back at vegan protests

 

Beef Central (Australia)

April 9, 2019

 

MEAT-loving Australians took to social media yesterday in a show of support for farmers as vegan activists disrupted city traffic, chained themselves to abattoir equipment and cut livestock fences at a series of coordinated protests across eastern Australia yesterday.

 

The protests and the disruptions they caused triggered a wave of social media anger with activist feeds inundated with comments opposing the vegan protests and supporting the farmers they targeted.

 

A common theme of Facebook and twitter posts was that the activist’s actions would only turn people away from their cause and encourage more people to eat meat.

 

Some openly mocked the protesters, with one claiming they would eat a Big Mac burger for every day they were delayed by ongoing animal protests.

 

‘“It’s mung beans and almond ‘milk’ for me from now on,” said absolutely no one who watched today’s national disruptions,’ freelance journalist and former vegetarian Alex Carlton wrote on news.com.au.

 

“Congratulations vegans. You were slowly winning Australia over but today, you’ve ensured your self-righteous brand of terrorism will never win,” she wrote.

 

Meanwhile Victorian police said 40 people have now been charged with more than 120 offences following yesterday’s vegan protest which disrupted peak hour traffic in Melbourne’s CBD for more than two hours.

 

One person who was charged with obstructing an emergency worker faces a possible five-year jail term.

 

Charges include obstructing a road, obstructing the path of a driver as a pedestrian and possessing a drug of dependence.

 

All adults were bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on June 5 and three teens, aged 17, 17 and 15, were bailed to appear a children’s court on June 6.

 

Deputy Prime Minister and Nationals Leader Michael McCormack condemned the activists who raided farms and trespassed on properties as “a disgrace”.

 

“These people are nuts. They just don’t understand the fact farmers should be allowed to continue growing the world’s best food and fibre.

 

“They already do it in a way that is conscious of animal welfare standards, while looking after the environment, using water and soil to the best of their ability.

 

“These animal rights activists just want to stop farming as we know it and the full force of the law should come down upon them – State and Federal.

 

“They should be locked up and federally they’re breaking the Privacy Act and I know how strong and strident we’ve been to make sure we’ve tightened up the rules to make sure they can’t continue to release peoples’ details, to invade peoples’ privacy.

 

“These people (farmers) have young children and families but all of a sudden they’re being invaded by these animal activists.

 

“How would they like it if the farmers went and trespassed on their homes and did house break-and-enters, because that’s essentially what it is, and then they put their nonsense out on social media?”

 

Mr McCormack said he was concerned the animal rights activists are exposing these farms and facilities to potential biosecurity risks...

 

more

https://www.beefcentral.com/news/meat-lovers-hit-back-at-vegan-protests/

 

 

‘Tipping point’: Australia’s ‘vegan future’

 

by Ben Graham, The Coffs Coast Advocate (Australia) 

9th Apr 2019

 

While farmers, pollies and everyday Aussies fired up over the disruption caused by animal rights activists yesterday, history might not be kind to their unwavering loyalty to the meat industry.

 

That's the view of plant-based food experts who see yesterday's headline-grabbing vegan antics as a monumental tipping point that could reshape Australia's future.

 

One of those is Vegan Business Media and the host of Vegan Business Talk podcast, Katrina Fox, who told news.com.au the fiery debate following the protests presents us with an opportunity to become a "leader in alternative proteins and embrace the booming global plant-based economy".

 

She said that last year, when Dominion - the film vegans want everybody to watch - was released, there were protests but the media coverage was non-existent.

 

"This year, they decided to just go all-out and the media coverage was everywhere," Ms Fox said. "And yes, the media coverage was quite negative because the media likes controversy and conflict.

 

"But there's going to be a certain percentage of people who are willing to look beyond the headlines, start asking questions and find out why people are doing this - it's a wake-up call."

 

She admitted it may have stirred some Aussies up the wrong way, but it was a small price to pay.

 

"Is it a perfect action? No," Ms Fox said. "But when we look at all social justice movements in the past, none of those have come about as a result of nice, polite activism. There's disruption and that's necessary."

 

As a vegan for 22 years, she never believed she would see a moment - or a "tipping point" as she calls it - when veganism would get so much mainstream attention.

 

However, she said this moment has been brewing for about three to four years, as Australians began embracing plant-based diets at an alarming rate.

 

She said that, according to Google Trends data, Australians searched for vegan-related terms than any other nation last year and a Roy Morgan poll found 2.1 million of Australian are vegetarian and meat-free.

 

According to industry research company IBISWorld, sales of vegan food products have soared over the past five years in Australia - as cost of meat and international meat exports continue to rise.

 

IBISWorld senior industry analyst, James Caldwell, said this vegan boom is being driven by environmental awareness - particularly given the recent droughts - vegan product innovation and rising health consciousness.

 

It also comes as the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogenic, placing it alongside asbestos and tobacco.

 

As a result, IBISWorld research shows domestic meat consumption has stagnated and is expected to fall over the next five years, reflecting increasing health consciousness among consumers...

 

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https://www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/news/vegan-protests-could-be-a-tipping-point-in-austral/3694513/