Activist 'ringleaders' charged

Animal activists charged with trespassing in Queensland

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A photo of stock taken by protesters at the Lemontree Feedlot in Milmerran.

A photo of stock taken by protesters at the Lemontree Feedlot in Milmerran.

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Two animal activists who were the alleged ringleaders behind the invasion of a feedlot at Milmerran last month have been charged with trespassing

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TWO animal activists who were the alleged ringleaders behind the invasion of a feedlot at Milmerran last month have been charged with trespassing.

The 29-year-old woman and 26-year-old man, from Margate, were believed to be the principal organisers of a protest and trespassing incident at the Lemontree Feedlot on March 23.

About 100 protesters entered the property about 11.45 and took photographs and footage of the stock, before posting it to the Animal Activists Collective Facebook page.

They left when police arrived.

Police from the Major and Organised Crime Squad (Rural) today charged the pair with unlawfully entering farming land (trespass).

They were bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 9.

Police said investigations remained ongoing into the incident and more arrests were likely.

Following the incident, southern Queensland lot feeder David McNamee said the protest on his family's property had been extremely distressing.

"This incident has been extremely distressing for our family and our staff," Mr McNamee said.

"We follow industry best practice, the safety of our staff and livestock are a priority - as well as adhering to the stringent biosecurity protocols for our industry.

"It remains unclear why our family business has been targeted by this group of activists."

It comes as activists plan to invade farms across Queensland, NSW and Victoria on Monday to coincide with the year anniversary of the anti-farming film 'Dominion.'

Promotional material from the activists has urged their followers to keep the action secret.

The planned invasion has prompted renewed calls for strengthened biosecurity laws and tougher penalties for those who trespass.

Police have also issued advice to farmers as to how they should react should activists arrive on their farms.

A group of more than 40 landholders and property managers attended a police information session at Meandarra on Wednesday, where acting Sergeant Brian Stenner said the best response was no response.

"The protest groups will be looking to elicit a response which will assist their media profile and paint the owners and workers in a bad light," he said.

"Our advice is that the priority is safety of everyone involved from both sides and to minimise any damage or injury to stock that might be on site, and just some restraint in the face of whatever provocation is coming at them."

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