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Qld lifts fines for farm invaders

Beef Central, April 15, 2019

THE Palaszczuk Government has moved to crack down on animal rights activists who invade farms and meatworks following disruptive protests on the Darling Downs and Southern Queensland last Monday.

Mark Furner

Before the end of the month, militant animal rights activists will face $652.75 fines issued either on the spot or later after review of evidence from the protest site, the Queensland Government said in a media statement on Sunday.

The fines will be issued by Police or biosecurity officers.

The Biosecurity Regulation 2016 will be amended to include this new penalty aimed squarely at animal activists who consider their cause is above the law.

The move was fully endorsed by the Animal Industry Security Taskforce comprising officials from the Department of Agriculture, Police, AgForce and the Queensland Farmers Federation when they met last Thursday.

Minister for Police Mark Ryan said the new on-the-spot fines are a very welcome new measure for Police in combatting illegal and dangerous behaviour by reckless animal activists.

“Those breaking the law will soon be hit hard financially,” Mr Ryan said.

“A taskforce established by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and supported by Queensland Police is also putting processes in place to de-escalate these tense situations and to maintain the safety of everyone involved.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the escalation of farm and meatworks invasions we’ve just witnessed are completely unacceptable.

“As well as on-the-spot fines, these disruptive and illegal protestors could also face the courts and possible jail time on trespass charges, once affected landowners complain officially to police and evidence supports their arrests,” Mr Furner said.

“We take animal welfare very seriously and so does an overwhelming majority of our agricultural businesses.”

Mr Furner said the Palaszczuk Government had moved quickly to establish a strong deterrent for activists thinking of breaching biosecurity restrictions where livestock were kept.

“We have acted decisively and drawn a real line in the sand,” he said.

“Animal rights zealots invading farms are a real threat to biosecurity and are putting their lives and the lives of farmers, workers and indeed the animals they claim to care about at risk.

“If they behave in this way then they will pay the price.”

Activists who move from location to location for multiple protests will face being slapped with multiple $652.75 on-the-spot fines.

Five people have now been scheduled to face trespass charges in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 9 following a trespassing incident at a Millmerran property last month.

Initially charges were laid against a 29-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, both of Margate, who were alleged to be the principal organisers of a protest and trespassing incident at a Bostock Road, Millmerran, feedlot.

Investigations remain ongoing.

 

Source: Queensland Government

 

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  1. Jenny James, April 17, 2019

    Is this fine to be paid by their personal money or is it to be paid by the organizers of the demonstration? It is their choice to attend so they should pay their own fine

  2. Now to make sure they are enforced. Something bad will end up happening to one of these vegan terrorists and then Australia will make world wide headlines for the wrong reasons

  3. Ross Dodt, April 15, 2019

    Move the decimal point to the right. The punishment will have effect.

  4. Peter Dunn, April 15, 2019

    The penalties for the organisers needs to be far more severe. A $652 fine for the manipulated masses might seem stiff, but there are supportive organisations which will pay their fines for them anyway, or as already pointed out, the fines will be ignored. It is the organisers who need to be targeted, and their activities should be classified as attempted biosecurity incursions, and dealt with accordingly. The potential consequences of these invasions is frightening, given the cost of managing an incursion across a region.

  5. Ron Chittick, April 15, 2019

    If you think they will pay the fines you must believe in the tooth fairy

  6. Garry Gillett, April 15, 2019

    It’s about time. When will the rest of the country going to wake up and stop these brainless pests before someone gets badly hurt or killed.

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