Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
Unlawful animal rights activists are in the National Party’s sights with a motion moved in State Parliament to defend the rights of Victorian farmers against illegal activities.
Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, said the motion was introduced in response to the publishing of thousands of farmers’ personal details and a number of alleged thefts and incidents of trespassing, including at one Gippsland farm.
“The State Government must act and condemn the unlawful behaviour of animal rights activists and individuals who illegally enter law abiding farms in East Gippsland and across Victoria,” Mr Bull said.
“Victoria is known for its high quality produce and our farmers are some of the best in the world, including those here in our region. 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.
“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.
“Our 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 the Gippsland 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,” Mr Bull said.
Caption: Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, says The Nationals moved a motion in State Parliament to defend the rights of Victorian farmers against illegal activities.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019