Farm-invading activists face new penalties

Farm-invading activists face new penalties


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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a crackdown on extreme activists who invade farms.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a crackdown on extreme activists who invade farms.

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Extreme vegan activists who incite farm invasions will face criminal penalties under laws the Morrison government is bringing to parliament.

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Extreme vegan activists who incite farm invasions will face criminal penalties under laws the Morrison government is bringing to parliament.

During the election campaign, Prime Minister Scott Morrison put the activists on par with terrorist foreign fighters in terms of urgency to deal with them.

Legislation will be introduced to parliament's lower house on Thursday after Mr Morrison promised people who trespass on farms would face up to one year in jail or fines as high as $12,600.

The issue exploded earlier in the year after Aussie Farms published details and addresses of producers in an online map.

A series of farm invasions aimed at highlighting cruelty in agriculture prompted the coalition to talk tough against the activist group.

Aussie Farms refused to take the page down, arguing it was promoting transparency in agriculture and fighting animal welfare abuses.

Amid a bitter impasse between farmers and vegan protesters, the Morrison government promised to crack down on "green-collar" criminals.

Australian Associated Press

The story Farm-invading activists face new penalties first appeared on Farm Online.

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