Agriculture | February 12, 2019

Nationals move motion on trespass laws to protect farmers

The Nationals have moved a motion in State Parliament to defend the rights of Victorian farmers against unlawful animal rights activists.

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy said she was looking forward to the motion being debated in Parliament.

“The State Government must act and condemn the unlawful behaviour of animal rights activists and individuals who illegally enter law abiding Victorian farms,” Ms Kealy said.

“Victoria is known for its high quality produce and our farmers are some of the best in the world. They adhere to strict animal welfare laws and we must protect their right to farm.

“It is completely unacceptable that the safety, health and biosecurity of our farmers and their livestock are being put at risk through trespass and theft.

“The Nationals are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to ensure activists feel the full force of the law.”

The Nationals introduced the motion in response to the publishing of thousands of farmers’ personal details and a number of disturbing thefts and incidents of trespassing including at a Luv-A-Duck property near Nhill.

“When publications are openly encouraging individuals to upload photos and video footage taken on properties they are deliberately making them a target of extreme animal rights activists,” Ms Kealy said.

“Our Lowan farmers work hard and operate responsible and sustainable businesses. They deserve to be able to operate their farms without fear for their own safety or that of their family, employees and livestock.

“Farming is an important contributor to Lowan’s economy and the State Government must ensure the industry can continue without the fear of theft and harassment.

“Anyone found to be illegally entering Victorian farms and stealing livestock, promoting or financially supporting farm theft should face the full force of the law.”

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