Vegan activist James Warden, member of animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE), was ordered by a court to stay away from farms.
He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on charges of two counts of aggravated burglary, two counts of theft, and three counts of trespassing — related to incidents in Hopeland, Nambellup, Brunswick, and West Pinjarra between August and November 2018.
The vegan activist allegedly stole a dead piglet from a piggery in Pinjarra then used it as a display in a protest outside fast food chains in Belmont last September.
He was also accused of trespassing on a Brunswick farm and stealing a $1500 fresian calf, which was later sent to an animal rescue farm in Waroona.
Warden was ordered by the court to surrender his passport, stay in Western Australia, cut off communication with DxE, follow curfew, and stay away from farms.
In his defense, Warden’s lawyer Marilyn Loveday stated that the vegan activist was in New South Wales to visit his family and was not aware that he was wanted in Western Australia.
Loveday also objected to the confiscation of Warden’s passport, claiming that the passport was lost 2 years ago. She also claimed that ordering Warden to stop communicating with other activists is unfair as they were his only friends.
As a compromise, the court removed Warden’s curfew and allowed him to communicate with his vegan friends but ordered him not to obtain a passport or be within 500 meters of Australian departure point. He is also not allowed to leave Western Australia.
Additionally, the court banned him from any livestock farm and ordered him to report to the police every day.