Dairy Farmer's Cow Tried To Jump A Fence In Fear During Vegan Protests
A dairy farmer watched as one of his cows became tangled in a fence after animal rights activists stormed his property in Queensland.
Jason Christensen was starting to prepare his dairy for milking on Monday morning when he noticed a few cars turn up at the bottom of his farm.
"We had a couple of yearling heifers in a paddock just beside them and there were getting a bit stirred up," he told The Project.
When Christensen drove down to investigate, he found three cows out on the road.
One tried to jump through the fence, and got a little bit tangled upside for a little bit.
"They were a bit scared and didn't know what to think about all of these people standing around," he said.
The group was among the hundreds of vegan activists taking nationwide action against the mistreatment of animals in agriculture on Monday. (There is no indication Christensen's livestock is being mistreated.)
A farm near Warwick and a Goulburn abattoir in NSW were among the sites protesters targeted, while others brought peak hour traffic to a standstill in Melbourne’s CBD.
The protests were organised to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the documentary Dominion, which investigated agricultural practices employed on Australian farms.
The agricultural industry has been on high alert in the run-up to the documentary's anniversary, and Facebook groups suggest that multiple animal rights organisations have been involved in spurring the protests.
They resulted in at least 48 arrests and charges, including nine people who chained themselves to a conveyor in Goulburn.
Chris Delforce, a protest organiser in Melbourne who is also the executive director of animal rights charity Aussie Farms, was unapologetic about the chaos caused.
"We set out to raise awareness about what is happening in Australian farms and slaughterhouses as standard practice," he told The Project.
"So much of what is happening is completely unknown to consumers. We set out to give them the information so they can make informed choices."
Delforce's charity has been under fire in recent months over its depository map which lists more than 5,000 farms, abattoirs, animal breeders, racecourses and zoos
Last Friday, the government brought the Aussie Farms website under the Privacy Act, exposing it to significant penalties of up to $420,000 for publishing farmers' addresses and contact details.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday said it was wrong that farmers should be targeted by "un-Australian" animal activists and "green-collar criminals" as they suffer through drought.
Delforce defended the actions of activists who have trespassed on farmers' properties, saying it's the "only way to see what is actually happening".
"The industry has been telling consumers for decades that what they are doing is humane, ethical, happy -- all these buzzwords that don’t really mean anything and consumers aren’t able to see the other side of the story," he said.
"The only way they are able to see what’s actually happening inside modern farms and slaughterhouses is when activists go in and collect footage and publish it.
"We have been doing legal protests for decades now and unfortunately these things are still happening."
Christensen said while he acknowledged some of the environmental consequences of farming, including greenhouse gas emissions, "blaming cows isn't the answer".
"I don't think farmers are the cause of it all," he said.
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