Trespass laws “too little too late”
The State Government is seeking public feedback on draft legislation tightening laws around trespass and animal welfare.
The Bill aims to deter illegal forms of activism while providing protections for the inspection of abattoirs, knackeries, egg and poultry farms and piggeries.
The legislation was drafted in response to a spate of incidents in which activists have trespassed on agricultural land for the purpose of drawing attention to farming practices.
Green Shirts Movement WA spokesperson Alan Sattler told Oliver Peterson the draft laws won’t do enough to deter people from breaking into properties.
“Our police force do a magnificent job of trying to keep things under control… but these little prima donnas [activists] seem to think they can get away with doing what they like, when they like.”
Mr Sattler also said the two issues of trespassing and agriculture inspections should be treated separately.
“Animal welfare has nothing to do with farm trespass.”
The community has until 10am on March 30, 2020 to provide feedback on the draft Bill – https://www.justice.wa.gov.au/animalwelfare
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