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Activists ‘Stupidity’ Could Cause Animal Deaths

Sometimes we think we’re doing the right thing. It happens all the time. Whether at work, home or in our personal lives. It can especially come out when we’re passionate about something.

But we’re NOT always doing the right thing even if we think we are.

In this case, animal activists could actually be placing animals in harm’s way, instead of helping them.

Activists are claiming that animals are being exploited at abattoirs and farms, but our federal government claims that the ‘stupidity’ of activists could be causing animal deaths.

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Activists creating attack lists to break the law

Agriculture Minister David Littleproud believes that the map published by Aussie Farms, could be encouraging vigilantes to trespass onto properties and that detailing the location of agriculture properties could expose animals to biosecurity risks.

On Tuesday, he told ABC Radio National:

They’re creating an attack list for animals activists to go and trespass, to break the law

Some of these animal activists aren’t that bright. What they actually are doing is putting in place a real risk to animal welfare through biosecurity.

‘[That] could actually mean that some of those animals need to be destroyed because of the stupidity of some idiot that wants to get their name on the newspaper.’

But Aussie Farms, who released the map on Monday, say it’s about ‘laying everything bare’ and helping consumers make informed choices, according to AAP.

In a statement, executive director Chris Delforce said:

It shows how these horrific places that most people wouldn’t support have essentially taken over the country’.

Aussie Farms has more than 20,000 followers on Facebook. The group aim is to stop commercial animal abuse and exploitation. They want to do this through public education.

According to the core values found on the Aussie Farmers website, ‘the group believes in the right of animals not to be owned or exploited for human purposes’, AAP reports.

Vigilantes could trespass on famers’ homes

The map has made the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) furious, and calls the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission to withdraw the group’s charitable status.

NFF President Fiona Simson claims that vigilantes are breaking onto properties regularly, and in most cases, the farmers’ homes are also on these farms, telling ABC Radio National on Friday:

We don’t think it’s acceptable at all and farmers are angry at the thought of people bursting in on them to check on them’.

Working constructively with Aussie Farms has been ruled out, according to Ms Simson.

We do work constructively with credible groups. At this point in time, we’re not going to work with vigilante groups.’

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Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic

Alana Sumic is an editor and writer for The Australian Tribune. She has a Bachelor of Arts from La Trobe University and a Masters in Publishing and Editing from Monash University.

She specialises in national and international politics and current affairs. She’s passionate about delivering the unfiltered stories that matter to you, on all topics.

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  1. I think what the farmers can do is to have a lot of big, strong and fierce dogs patrolling their farm together with big prominent signs warning trespassers of possible injury and damage to the farm, its occupants and themselves if they cross the fences. All these mindless creatures (just like Green Peace creatures) are never considerate enough to anyone with different opinions and life styles. Let them learn their bloody lessons if their bigotry really drives them mad to their own destruction.

  2. Typical Idiots… Why don’t they focus their energies with this on farming practises in other countries. Middle east, Asia… Haver a go over there. Make a list for them. Don’t pick on an easy target here in Australia where we have some of the best practise farming on this planet.