Politician Robert Borsak has called for a change to the NSW Crimes Act to combat animal rights' terrorists who are targeting farmers, to allow for the protestors to be jailed for "destructive behaviour".
Borsak, who is the leader of the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party, stated that the NSW Government has allowed the behaviour to continue, and even flourish, by refusing to criminalise it.
“I put forward a right to farm bill last year that would have changed the NSW Crimes Act to ensure people secretly filming, trespassing on and harassing farmers could be jailed for doing so. The Liberals and Nationals refused to support my bill. They had eight years to deal with this problem, but have done nothing."
Borsak's comments followed the closure of Victorian Gippy Goat Café due to constant abuse and harassment by vegan activists, with similar groups bringing Melbourne CDB to a standstill on Monday morning.
Helen Dalton, a Binya sheep and cattle farmer recently elected to NSW Parliament, explained that under current laws, her family is provided with less protection than a convicted sex offender.
“Under Section 21E the NSW Offenders Registration Act 2000, a person who reveals the name of a convicted sex offender can go to jail for two years. But animal activists can secretly film my farm, publish the names and address of my family and encourage vigilante-style behaviour with no consequences. The major parties need to put politics aside and give farmers more protection than sex offenders, not less”.
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