Animal Activist Charged After Filming Himself Inside Piggery
A 25-year-old man has been charged after allegedly live streaming footage claiming to be inside a West Australian piggery.
The man was charged with two counts of trespass over separate incidents at a Pinjarra piggery farm and a Mundijong farm.
He claimed the footage inside the piggery showed overcrowding, and aimed to show consumers where their food comes from.
WA Police Commander Allan Adams said there was a "line in the sand" for people engaging in protests.
"When they don't abide by those rules, the police will thoroughly investigate," he told reporters on Tuesday.
He called for cool heads amid rising tensions between farmers and activists.
"We don't want to see good people get in trouble."
Earlier, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the piggery was listed on a controversial online map of Australian farms, and issued another stern warning to its creators to to pull down the site.
He urged Aussie Farms, the group behind the "attack map", to stop being "reckless", warning the safety of farming families and children is at risk.
"A piggery on the map has now been broken into by animal activists who have broadcast their illegal activities on Facebook," he said on Tuesday.
"If this activist map remains online, I fear someone will be seriously hurt or worse."
The map claims to show where Australian animals are being exploited. More than 5,000 farms, abattoirs, animal breeders, feedlots, racecourses and zoos are listed -- some with home addresses and contact details.
But farmers, farming organisations and politicians have repeatedly condemned the map, saying it is wildly inaccurate and encourages trespassing.
"Nobody would like their family home address being broadcast to the world and especially not next to information which is wrong in many cases," Littleproud said.
"Aussie Farms should stop being so reckless and pull the farm map down before someone is killed."
He also called on states to "beef up" their trespass laws in the wake of the scandal.
The man who was charged on Tuesday will face court at a later date.
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