Aussie Goat Cafe Pressured Into Closing By 'Abusive' Vegan Activist
The Gippy Goat Cafe in Yarragon has been pressured into closure by the intimidating actions of animal rights activists in recent months, according to a post on the cafe's Facebook page
The cafe is an active goat dairy facility with over 5,000 individual animals on the property for milking.
A sustained campaign from animal liberation activists over several months, including several instances of animals being taken from the property by protesters who claim they are being mistreated, has led to extreme conflict between cafe supports and the activists.
The cafe posted on their Facebook page yesterday that their staff and customers have been subjected to nearly "4 months of constant harassment, vile statements and threats from the abusive vegan activists".
The owners claimed that the courts had refused to prosecute the activists to the full extent of the law and so they had "won".
"Rejoice in your victory: eight good people are now without a job, families no longer can enjoy the good food and open space, and children can no longer interact with our animals."
However, Gippy Goat Cafe has stated that they will continue to operate as a farm that is no longer open to the public.
In December, activists stormed the property and stole several animals, including three goats and a lamb, which they loaded into the back of cars.
The animal rights group Melbourne Cow Save stated that the team was "concerned regarding goats being lame, downed and coughing".
Melbourne Cow Save stated that some of the goats were infected with Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE), an infectious disease that causes significant suffering in animals. The group claimed that a staff member confirmed this to the activists.
The activist group stated they are "not asking for bigger cages or better conditions. We are demanding the end of the commodification of animals; they do not exist for human use."
"We are taking a moral stand for other animals, and we vow to continue to do so until the animal harming industry is permanently shut down and until total animal liberation is achieved."
Another goat was taken by activists in January and the cafe announced on their Facebook page that the "continuing harassment of our business and the greater farming community by these misguided extremists, criminals and abusers needs to stop."
The Gippy Goat Cafe announced that in March threats had been made against the activists from their supporters on their Facebook, which they stated was not the cafe's intention and led to the removal of posts.
The closure coincides with a movement of animal activists nation-wide who have stormed abattoirs and farms in Queensland to protest the mistreatment of animals in agriculture.