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Vegan activists could face jail: Morrison

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will JAIL vegan activists who target farmers’ homes under new laws

  • People who publish info on farmers online to incite trespassing will face jail 
  • If the Coalition wins the next election Scott Morrison will bring in the new laws 
  • Activist group ‘Aussie Farms’ is posted a map and personal details of farms 
  • Morrison says this encourages radical vegans to protest on farms and abattoirs 
  • The proposals come after a string of coordinated protests across the country 

Vegan protesters who target farmers’ homes could face a year in jail under new laws proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

If re-elected in May, Mr Morrison plans to change the laws to prevent vegan activists from using private information about farmers to harass them.

Mr Morrison has promised to introduce punishments of up to 12 months in jail for people who make it easier for vegan activists to trespass onto farms and abattoirs.

Protesters chained themselves to vehicles in Melbourne’s central city, bringing peak hour traffic to a halt on Monday morning

Activist group ‘Aussie Farms’ is under fire after they publicly posted a map and personal details of farms across the country -inciting vegan protests. 

‘They are being targeted in the most mercenary way by an organisation that can only think of itself and not think of the real damage that is being done to the livelihoods of these hard-working Australians,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in Launceston on Wednesday.

Vegan protesters who target farmers' homes could face a year in jail under new laws proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Vegan protesters who target farmers’ homes could face a year in jail under new laws proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison

He promised to introduce laws banning people from inciting criminal activity against farmers, with jail terms up to 12 months.

The Aussie Farms website publishes an interactive map of farms across the country, which the organisation says exposes animal exploitation in a secretive industry.

Vegan protesters on Monday launched a cross-border campaign targeting a busy Melbourne street, plus abattoirs and farms in Victoria, NSW and Queensland.

It resulted in scores of arrests, criminal charges and a renewed call for farmers to take action, with the federal government committing to underwrite legal claims.

Privacy laws were changed last Friday to potentially expose Aussie Farms’ website to significant penalties for publishing farmers’ addresses and contact details.

A number of people also chained themselves to the vehicles that were draped in black and emblazoned with the web address of a vegan film documentary

A number of people also chained themselves to the vehicles that were draped in black and emblazoned with the web address of a vegan film documentary

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