Animal activists have been known to enter farming properties and abattoirs in their fight for animal rights, putting biosecurity at risk and confronting many who are not used to dealing with such conflict.
Wimmera Road Policing and Community Safety Manager, Acting Senior Sergent Simon Grant has been at the forefront of a Wimmera Agriculture Sector Action Group (WASAG), formed to bring together key individuals within the agriculture industry.
“There are areas that we look at and discuss and the aim is to get some messaging out proactively around those issues to the people in the real community and across the sector broadly,” Grant said.
Wimmera Police has once again partnered with AC News to produce ‘Animal Activists – A message for farmers’ which outlines a set of tips farmers should follow in the event of trespassers on their land.
Grant said that WASAG has discussed the issue of animal activists arriving on farming properties and acknowledged that it is a key issue.
“It’s a massive issue, (farmers) really are anxious. It’s reflected in the news publications such as The Weekly Times and The Stock and Land, also through our partners at the Victorian Farmers Federation – we are hearing it quite frequently.”
“If it was to occur it’s going to have a fairly profound impact on the farmer and their family. And we’ve seen in the past that when it does occur it brings with it a lot of angst.”
WASAG and Wimmera Police hope that the message portrayed in the video gets across to the agriculture sector and the wider community.
“People involved in the industry will at least be aware that we’re concerned about the issue, but also if it does happen to them they’ve got something in the back of their minds,” Grant said.
The list of tips for farmers if animal activists arrive on their property:
- Stop and remain calm.
- Call triple zero and get police on the way.
- Ask the activists to leave.
- Keep yourself, family and staff safe.
- Get your smartphone out and start recording what’s going on.
Anyone with any queries regarding animal activists on farms is encouraged to contact their local police station and ask to speak with an Agricultural Liaison Officer.
Animal Activists – A message for farmers
- Straight from our newsroom