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    Good to see the Farmers fighting back against the destructive nature of the Animal Welfare Groups.


    Pig farmers turn to legal tactics in battle with animal welfare groups
    Lateline By John Stewart Updated Wed 6 Nov 2013, 6:18am AEDT

    The pork industry has dramatically raised the stakes in an increasingly rancorous battle with animal rights activists, using the very footage obtained by welfare groups.

    They have also resorted to a suite of unprecedented legal tactics in retaliation against groups who secretly film piggeries and post the images on the internet.

    Earlier this year activists secretly filmed a piggery in the New South Wales town of Young and then posted the footage on YouTube.

    In response, the farmer, Ean Pollard, made his own video, using the same animal liberation vision in his counterattack.

    "Hi, I'm Ean, I'm an Australian pork producer and I raise good quality pork for Australia to put on their plate," he said in the video.

    "You may have seen some footage that activists have taken of sows that have been woken up in the morning and expected to be fed and then when they weren't fed, they got upset."

    Another farm, also in Young, was secretly filmed by animal rights activists who left hidden camera's inside the pig sheds.

    The farm is owned by Edwina Beveridge, who says she felt violated after seeing the footage.

    I'm genuinely frightened for my safety and my families safety, so I've taken out an AVO so I know that he can't come near me.
    Farmer Edwina Beveridge

    "I have a young family, I live on our farm and it is quite close to the pig farm, [it's an] an awful feeling," she said.

    Ms Beveridge and Mr Pollard have placed interim apprehended violence orders (AVOs) against the executive director of Animal Liberation, Mark Pearson, to try and stop animal rights groups trespassing on their properties.

    "I'm genuinely frightened for my safety and my family's safety, so I've taken out an AVO so I know that he can't come near me," Ms Beveridge said.

    Mr Pearson says he has never met or spoken with either of the farmers, and denies he was on their properties, but he insists the intensive farming practices of the pork industry should be exposed.

    "We are becoming much more sophisticated. So the documentation is being gathered from a lot of these places which are just hidden sheds out of sight, out of mind," he said.

    "That's the way the industry wants it to continue and now the doors being flung open, the spotlight is being put on their practices and they are having to answer to it."

    Suite of legal tactics being used by industry

    AVOs are not the only legal measure being used by the pork industry.

    Last year the owners of the Windridge Piggery at Young tried to obtain copyright of vision filmed by Animal Liberation, but the NSW Supreme Court ruled against the pork industry.

    In another legal move two months ago the Australian pork industry lodged a formal complaint about the domain name aussiepigs.com.au, a website set up by Animal Liberation.

    "The website www.aussiepigs.com.au is basically a site where our farmers are defamed," said Australian Pork CEO Andrew Spencer.

    Farmer Ean Pollard in video about Australian pork industry Photo: In response to secret filming by animal welfare campaigners, farmer Ean Pollard made his own video. (Lateline)

    "It doesn't represent Aussie pigs, it represents a vegetarian website against animal farming, which we think is crazy."

    But last week the pork industry also lost that case, and Animal Liberation retained ownership of the domain name.

    Some politicians want Australia to follow the lead of some American states like Kansas, Montana and North Dakota, which have made it illegal for activists to film farm animals.

    Activists can also be forced to hand over images of animal cruelty to authorities within 48 hours of being filmed.

    In Australia, Liberal Senator Chris Back is leading the push to get similar laws enacted here.

    "Anybody who comes into the possession of information in this case which may be leading towards animal cruelty, anybody in my view should have to present that material as quickly as possible to relevant authorities," he said.

    "And indeed the question should be asked if they are unwilling to do so and withhold that information for days or weeks or months, then I would expect the media and the wider community to be asking why they have withheld that information."

    Welfare group says industry 'being brought to its knees'

    Mr Pearson says that is an attempt to censor all the material and stop the images being published on the internet.

    "My view is that it will quickly fall over, and it will be another tactic that the pig industry [uses] through a court system that is doomed to fail," he said.

    "But we are not surprised because all these are measures of an industry that is desperate and being brought to its knees.

    We are not surprised because all these are measures of an industry that is desperate and being brought to its knees.
    Animal Liberation executive director Mark Pearson

    "And that being brought to its knees is their own doing because they are not waking up and seeing what's going on and moving in the right direction to do the right thing by these animals."

    The Australian pork industry has agreed to phase out the use of sow stalls by 2017, but Mr Spencer says if animal rights groups damage the local industry, pork will be imported from countries with far lower animal welfare standards.

    "If these organisations really cared about pig welfare they would be standing side by side with the industry, especially considering that nearly half of all the pork that we consume in Australia is coming from overseas, where they use sow stalls and they have no intention of stopping using sow stalls," he said.

    According to Mr Pearson, the supermarket giants - Coles and Woolworths - are putting pressure on the pork industry to raise animal welfare standards, but he says that farmers are moving too slow.

    "They are certainly digging their heels in and resisting... But it will be to their own detriment," he said.

    "Because their products will end up staying in their refrigerators and shelves on the piggery or abattoir and the retailers who have enormous power in these situations just won't buy it."

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    What's one more industry the Greenies can ruin for Australia.
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      What disgusts me about these AL parasites is that they care far more about the welfare and suffering of farm animals than they do about other human beings.

      There are sections of the community in this country (I will avoid mentioning the particular race/culture/religion involved in order to keep the mods happy, though I think we all know who I am refering to) who treat females abysmally, force them into illegal arranged marriages when they are as young as 13, in some cases force genital mutilation upon them when they are children, and in general sentence them for life to a miserable existence of abuse, servitude and oppression. This treatment of women by certain sections of society is routinely swept under the carpet and ignored by mainstream society in Australia on the grounds of "cultural sensitivity" for fear of perhaps upsetting the perpetrators of this systemic abuse of females within their religious/cultural group. These bleeding-heart "Animal Liberationists" would be doing far more good targeting and then publicly exposing the people and cultural/relgious organisations involved in this ongoing institutional abuse of women rather than worrying about whether a farm animal could perhaps be living more happy and fulfilled existence.

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    You read the article and its not long before the corporate overseas identities are revealed.
    Well they would support their own producers in their own country first wouldn`t they.
    It`s a far bigger market and Australia is just a drop in the ocean of customers in real world scale.

    So many of our home industries suffer the same problem from global marketers -- economy of scale and preferential treatment of the local industry.
    Diversification to small niche market products is good for those that can swing it.
    So many local industries are so over capitalised its not funny.
    They took chances ably urged and abbetted by banks and now later on the investment is too big to loose and too hard to stay on top in their chosen venture.
    Unfortunate and sad in many ways.

    Animal libbers and greens just ride on another opportunity to provide the straw to break the camels back
    Don’t poke the snake, walk around it and come back later with a double-barrelled shotgun and blow its [email protected]#!ing head off!.

    Australia in future, the outcome is the same, a bloody dictatorship run on the whims of a very few ego-centric pathological elitists.


    • #4
      how is the pig industry losing so many cases these people are illegally trespassing, illegally placing cameras and filming in these farmers homes and work place's yet the courts side with the animal welfare knob-heads, later that night most of the people in the court will go home an eat meat that come from the every same farms they ruled agents amazing


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        Im suprised some of the wowsers here haven't whinged " what has this thread got to do with shooting in Australia ? , close it I dont like it "

        That being said , why aren't activists charged with tresspassing ?
        The article also mentions at one farm these " activists " had set up cameras to remotely record inside a building on someone elses property .

        Why are these people not charged for these crimes ?
        .If a " non activist " was to tresspass on someone elses property and set up camera's to remotely record inside someone elses house they would be charged with a crime.

        But it seems call yourself an " activist " when doing it and it's no longer a crime .
        A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.

        Vernon Howard .


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          Not only are they trespassing & Illegally placing cameras, if they break a leg or sustain some other injury the farmer could face a civil lawsuit and they can't charge these people with anything ? come on.
          They should film the activists trespassing and take them to court cctv set ups are pretty cheap, but you would probably have to put signs up to let them know the cameras are there otherwise it could be illegal