Farm owners in Australia are being urged to film vegan activists storming their properties then send the footage to the police.
This week, more than 20 vegan activists stormed the Carey Bros Abattoir near Warwick in Australia as part of a national day of action of animal rights activists.
Other activists who did not storm farms protested against meat by blocking the busy streets in Melbourne while holding signs with animal rights messages and encouraging the public to watch the vegan documentary “Dominion.”
However, farmers and some meat eaters found the protests and other actions a nuisance, including Queensland’s Agriculture Minister Mark Furner.
Furner urged farmers to help the police by filming vegan “zealots” for evidence so they can be prosecuted.
“What they are doing is breaching the law. I’m extremely angry and have really had a gutful of these people,” he said in a statement.
“They need to take video footage with their phones or whatever they have available and give that to the police as evidence so that a prosecution will be successful but they need to complain to police to start the process.”
Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) Leader Bob Katter added that animal rights activism targeted two-thirds of employment in North Queensland, including beef, horticulture, and mining industries.
“Every Australian has the right to put forward his or her point of view … but you have no right to impose your viewpoint upon other Australians and invade their privacy,” he said.
“If the government can’t protect a person’s right to privacy, their right to food, their right to private property, then you are not a government and you are taking your wages under false [pretenses].”
However, vegan activists defended their actions, adding that the public should be aware of what really happens to animals behind closed doors.
Chris Delforce, director of Dominion and one of the organizers of this week’s protest, said in an interview that consumers should be shown animal cruelty videos before buying meat and urged farmers to show images of their animals being gassed to death as part of the process in raising and killing animals for human consumption.
“They need to be showing the footage of every single pig going into that chamber screaming and thrashing in agony,” Delforce said in the interview.
“The fact is these animals don’t want to die. They fight to the very last breath and there are plenty of cruelty-free alternatives.”
“We can live happily without killing animals, so why wouldn’t we?”
Christine Lee, a co-organizer of the protest, added: “[Dominion] shows the truth about what is happening to animals in this country and around the world, but it was all Australian footage.”
“We want to show we’re regular people who have had enough, we are killing the planet and killing animals at rates that are just unacceptable.”
“And drastic times call for drastic measures so that is why we’re here today. We have nine teams around Australia that are going to places of violence to draw attention to them directly,” she concluded.