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· AU: What next in Vegans’ information war against farmers?
· AU: Animals-Rights Protests Are a “Tipping Point” For Australia’s Vegan Future, Activist Says
· UK: Activists to delay city centre traffic with 'biggest ever vegan march' in Bristol
What next in Vegans’ information war against farmers?
Andre Oboler, The Daily Telegraph (Australia)
April 10, 2019
Oboler is a senior lecturer in the La Trobe Law School and CEO of the Online Hate Prevention Institute.
“State and territory governments should ensure that the full force of the law is brought against these green collar criminals.”
Those were the words of Prime Minister Scott Morrison in response to the vegan “day of action” earlier this week which saw co-ordinated protests in Queensland, NSW and Victoria involving chains, arrests and a whole lot of inconvenience for commuters.
While the protests that blocked Melbourne’s busiest intersection and those that “liberated” three lambs made headlines, this was just one element of a far larger campaign targeting farms.
Much of that campaign is technology-enabled. The day of protest itself, for example, was timed to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of a documentary, freely available online, which the activists are heavily promoting. An abattoir targeted in the day of action had featured in that documentary.
As an expert in the online elements of activism, extremism and cyber-warfare, and a lecturer in privacy, the actions of these vegan protesters raises a lot of questions for me. The first of those is how we frame what they are doing.
Their online campaign is advanced. Their language and visuals are extremely graphic and confronting. They are engaging in an information war against farmers, only two per cent of whom have both an online and social media presence, according to a 2018 Australian agriculture survey.
They’re not only using their superior social media skills to target farmers, but they have built custom technology and engaged in years of data gathering to support what looks very much like information warfare.
Less than three months ago, Aussie Farms — an animal rights charity — put the details and location of farmers, abattoirs and other agricultural facilities into a custom database linked to an interactive map built on top of technology from Google Maps.
Reminiscent of the “leaderless resistance” employed by terrorist groups, the site encouraged activists to upload additional images and video from any of the hundreds of targeted sites. The content the site invites will often require trespass and illegal surveillance. Farms were made sitting ducks overnight.
How has the government responded?
The government’s response has been loud, but the action has been limited.
Regulator after regulator looked at the problem and said there was nothing they could do.
The map is still online and no enforcement actions are listed against the charity behind it. The site is clearly linked to the trespass on farms.
Last Thursday, just days before the day of action, Aussie Farms uploaded hidden camera footage to their map of one of the sites that was subsequently targeted in the protests.
The Attorney-General and Minister for Agriculture announced Aussie Farms would be brought under the Privacy Act, excluding them for the Small Business exemption they previously enjoyed.
This won’t solve the problem...
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Animals-Rights Protests Are a “Tipping Point” For Australia’s Vegan Future, Activist Says
Despite the negative press surrounding this week’s peaceful protests against animal cruelty in Australia, some see them as an opportunity for the nation to embrace the booming plant-based economy.
by Nicole Axworthy, VegNews
April 10, 2019
This week’s protests against animal cruelty in Australia—which saw a series of peaceful protests across the nation bringing attention to the conditions at factory farms—could be an opportunity for Australia to take a stand, said Australian vegan journalist Katrina Fox.
The protests, which were timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the release of animal-rights documentary Dominion, were covered by media outlets around the world for the disruption they caused to traffic and transit services during rush hour, and are being touted as the biggest animal-rights protest the world has ever seen.
“These protests are an opportunity for our prime minister—or whoever is going to be our prime minister after our upcoming elections—to really take a stand and say, ‘Okay, Australians are not cool with animal cruelty. Something big is happening; we’re at a tipping point,’” Fox said. “And to actually take a stand at transitioning farmers and animal agriculture out of an industry that’s bad for the planet, terrible for the environment, bad for animals, and bad for people, and transition Australia into a thriving, booming, plant-based economy … phasing out subsidies to the meat and dairy industries and instead supporting ethical, plant-based businesses.”
Fox pointed to the recent growth of the plant-based industries in the United Kingdom and the United States—where, just this week, Canadian meat giant Maple Leaf Foods announced plans to build the largest plant-based protein factory in North America...
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Activists to delay city centre traffic with 'biggest ever vegan march' in Bristol
Campaigners will walk up Park Street to the Clifton Triangle and down again to Castle Park
By Conor Gogarty, BristolLive (UK)
11 APR 2019
Up to 1,000 people could descend on Bristol for the city’s biggest ever vegan march.
Animal Rights March Bristol 2019 will see activists delay traffic by walking on the road from College Green to Castle Park, starting at 12pm on June 15.
Organiser Rebecca Owen said: “Our main message is for animal liberation, using our voices in the march to make Bristol listen and hopefully get them doing more research into the animal cruelty and go vegan.”
Ms Owen will put the demonstration on with the help of campaigners including Angus Lancaster and the Bristol Vegan Runners group.
Mr Lancaster said: “We will walk up to the Clifton Triangle and down again to Castle Park.
“It will be on the roads, but we have organised that with police. There won’t be much disruption. We will probably only slow traffic down for 20 minutes.
“In the past there have been a couple of small marches in Bristol, with about 50 people. This will be the biggest Bristol has ever had.”
He expects the event to attract between 500 and 1,000 demonstrators.
“It will mainly be vegans, but also vegetarians and people against animal cruelty,” Mr Lancaster added.
“We are already expecting people from Birmingham, Swansea, Cardiff and London.
“It is open to all age ranges. It’s a very friendly march. We are not going to do things like stop at McDonald’s and shout.
“We will have banners saying ‘love animals’ and ‘go vegan’.”
'So easy' to be vegan
Ms Owen believes it is “so easy” to be a vegan in Bristol.
The city was ranked in January as the best place in the world for vegans.
“We want to make people aware that getting vegan options is so easy now with chains like...
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