Thursday, 09 May 2019 08:40

Fines for farm invaders

Written by  Sudesh Kissun
Australian animal rights activists released this map identifying farms and abattoirs earlier this year. Australian animal rights activists released this map identifying farms and abattoirs earlier this year.

Animal rights activists entering Queensland farms without permission now face being fined.

The Queensland Government last week announced measures against activists who risk the lives of farmers, workers and animals: unauthorised entry into farms pose biosecurity risks.

Spot fines of A$652 will be issued to people caught trespassing on farms. The government move follows an escalation of animal activism in Queensland.

Recently, an animal rights group Aussie Farms published a map showing 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. 

It lists the coordinates of people’s home farm businesses and other details, such as ABN numbers, which can be used to find more personal details about the owners.

Queensland Farmers Federation president Stuart Armitage says the state farmers adhere to world leading animal welfare standards.

He condemned animal activists for their radical and unjustified actions “which invade farmers’ privacy, threaten the welfare of their animals, pose unacceptable risks to their businesses and have implications for food security”.

“For many farmers, their property is their business, their workplace and their family home. As the frequency of these incidents increase, farmers are unable to operate their businesses and go about their lives for fear of being the next animal activist target.”

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner says people going onto a farm must now comply with the property’s biosecurity management plan when they enter or leave and while they are on the property.

“We have amended the regulations under the Biosecurity Act to allow Queensland Police Service and biosecurity officers to immediately fine people who put onfarm biosecurity at risk,” Furner said.

“This is a direct response to the growing incidence of unauthorised entry by animal activists to places where animals are kept. This can pose biosecurity risks including spread of diseases between humans and animals causing production losses that impact the business, supply chain and ultimately consumers.”

The gross value of Queensland’s production at the farmgate for livestock and livestock products for 2017-18 was A$6.784 billion, including cattle and calves, poultry, pigs, eggs and milk.

The Government claims a biosecurity harm caused by a person carrying or spreading a disease while entering, leaving or at a livestock production premises could be catastrophic to Queensland. 

Queensland’s opposition leader Deb Frecklington, Liberal National Party, says the Labor Government’s measures don’t go far enough and extremists who invade properties need to face jail time as well as serious fines.

“There has been a well organised, well-funded campaign by animal extremists that has been terrorising Queensland family businesses in regional Queensland for months,” she says.

More like this

NZ agritech builds relationships

Building relationships with other Kiwi agtech leaders and innovators was a surprising outcome for some attending the high-profile evokeAG event in Melbourne last month.

Red seaweed 

Farmers in Australia are experimenting with adding seaweed to cattle feed in order to stop cows producing as much methane.

Featured

Times will get better for deer sector

While the deer industry faces several challenges in the short term, there will be a strong rebound in New Zealand venison sales once global demand recovers.

 

Animal health problems loom

Animal health and welfare issues are likely to emerge soon as Hawkes Bay farmers try to cope with the effects of what is believed to be the worst drought in the history of the region.

Saving stock worth it for farmer

Central Hawkes Bay sheep and beef farmer Craig Preston has spent a huge sum of money buying feed for his stock rather than sending them off to the works – but says it’s worth the money. 

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Dirty water

The Hound understands that Federated Farmers has been cut out of the information loop, for the past year, on the…

Who’s paying?

Your canine crusader noticed a full-page ad recently run in a farming paper calling on meat companies SFF and Alliance…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Popular Reads

Drop in payout looms

Dairy farmers are being told to brace for a big drop in milk payout next season.