Mayor Tracy Dobie says vegan activists should 'wake up to themselves'.
Mayor Tracy Dobie says vegan activists should 'wake up to themselves'. Marian Faa

'Wake up to yourselves': Politicians slam protesters

POLITICAL leaders lined up to slam the activists who chained themselves to machinery at the Carey Bros Yangan abattoir.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud lashed the protesters for disturbing businesses.

"This is completely out-of-line, disrupting the safety and work of employees, disrupting business procedures and diverting police to a situation that is totally avoidable," Mr Littleproud said.

"Differences between sections of the vegan and farm communities will not be solved with confrontation and people have a right to live their lives without harassment."

He called for harsher penalties and for the State to enforce trespass laws.

Member for Southern Downs James Lister was also scathing.

"This is the second time in two weeks that a fine family business in our electorate has been terrorised and it's just not good enough. Greg and Mark Carey run a great business, employing people, paying taxes, and feeding us.

"These protesters have no right to do what they've done," he said.

"I demand that Annastacia Palaczszuk make prison time the punishment for property-invading protesters."

Southern Downs Mayor Tracy Dobie leapt to the abattoir owner's defence and said the protests brought about a feeling of anarchy.

"There are people here who are making an honest living and people think they can undermine that," Cr Dobie said.

"I think it's absolutely imperative that we bring all the weight of the law available to us on these people," she said.

Cr Dobie did not take kindly to outsiders coming to the area and harassing locals in the Southern Downs.

She said the Southern Downs had a proud history of meat and livestock production that would not be diminished.

"I can't stand this sort of behaviour," she said. "Why can't people sit around a table?

Her advice to the protesters was simple.

"Wake up to yourselves," Cr Dobie said.