Man behind animal rights protest says law won't stop vegans
THE man behind nationwide protests that saw a Yangan abattoir raided yesterday morning has said harsher laws and penalties would not stop vegan activists from invading farms and abattoirs to expose 'cruel' treatment of animals.
Animal rights film director Chris Delforce called for a national day of action to end meat production in Australia on the first anniversary of his film 'Dominion' being released.
A hidden camera footage taken inside Carey Bros Abattoir about six weeks ago is believed to be the catalyst the abattoir being targeted as part of the day of protest yesterday.
The camera captured graphic footage of sheep and pigs being slaughtered.
Mr Delforce received the video from an anonymous source and shared it publicly.
"I think everyone who trespasses on to a farm to draw attention to what is happening knows they are doing so at risk of legal action or civil action or even being injured,” Mr Delforce said.
"Adding more penalties, I don't think is going to make any difference.”
He said the protests were bankrolled by activists, who contributed their own time and money to 'speak up' on behalf of animals.
"You see the fear these animals go through ... all of them are able to watch the animal before them being killed,” he said.
"If someone was doing this to a dog or a cat people would be up in arms but because it is a pig or a sheep there is this exclusion that occurs.”
He said people had a a right to see how animals were processed.
"Consumers in general purchasing animal products deserve to see what is happening in the slaughter houses and what they are funding,” he said.
Mr Delforce said the animal rights movement had grown exponentially.
"I think more and more people are finding out what is happening in slaughterhouses and wanting to do something about it and that is showing no sign of slowing down.”
The protesters inside the abattoir knew the legal risk they took by chaining themselves to the kill floor machinery at Cary Bros.
Protester Brad King lead the negotiations on their behalf, saying new spot fines did not dampen their motivation.
"We have always known it was a prosecutable offence,” he said.
The protester said a fine was worth paying if they could spread their message.
"It doesn't matter how often we show people the reality of what goes on in these places. People are not taking it on board and all we get from the government is cover-ups and deflection,” Mr King said.
"I can understand the frustration the activists have, the evidence has been out for over a year now, and we are no closer to a proper discussion about the way animals are treated.”
Mr King thanked the police for their measured response and added there was not much they had to fear from non-violent activists.
"Really, we are not asking for lot, just of the industry to be honest and truthful,” he said.