The Federal Agriculture Minister and cattle industry leaders say police need greater powers to stop animal rights activists from trespassing on farms, after more than 100 activists stormed a feedlot in Southern Queensland over the weekend.
Police attending the Millmerran protest saw no need to arrest animal rights protesters
Trespass laws offered no more than “slaps on the wrist” to animal activists, the Minister said
Stock losses are a reality faced by all farmers and feedlot operators, according to the cattle industry
The activists arrived en masse at the Lemontree Feedlot near Millmerran, west of Toowoomba on Saturday, and walked onto the land despite the property owner’s objections, taking photos and drone vision of cattle.
In video and images of the event shared by Brisbane Animal Save and Animal Liberation Photography, the activists are shown climbing through a fence and overwhelming the farmer.
Warning: this story contains a graphic image of a dead cow.
With tens of thousands of cattle held in yards, the activists spread throughout the feedlot, capturing vision of at least three dead cattle lying in muddy pens.
“We understand that some of the images, or images of deceased cattle are distressing for members of the community,” Australian Lot Feeders Association (ALFA) president Bryce Camm said.
“Sadly, illness and the loss of livestock is a reality that all farmers and feedlot operators deal with on a daily basis.”
Mr Camm said the operators of the Lemontree Feedlot had humanely euthanised the cattle that morning, just prior to the activists arriving.
“The event has been immensely distressing for that family and their staff, and for the cattle involved as well,” Mr Camm said.
Meanwhile, activist leaders are showing no intention of changing tactics.
“The animals do not need better animal welfare standards … or conditions … they need to be liberated. They need people to live vegan,” activist Leah Doellinger said in a post on the Animal Liberation Photography Facebook page.
“The message we are sharing is simple: animals are here with us, not for us.
“Animals lives are their right and what is happening to them is unjust, needless violence. There is no humane way to exploit and kill someone.”
Brisbane Animal Save, Animal Liberation Photography and leaders of those groups have been contacted for comment.