48 Animal Activists Arrested And Charged Following Mass Vegan Protests

Animal activist protests around the country have ended with dozens of people facing charges.

Nine people who were arrested during a protest at an abattoir in Goulburn, NSW have been charged with trespassing.

The animal activists are alleged to have chained themselves to a conveyor inside the abattoir at about 2.30am on Monday.

Animal rights activists protest by chaining themselves to slaughterhouse equipment. Source: Facebook.

Police arrived at the scene at about 4am, after the owner complained the group had refused to leave.

They was cut free by police and arrested, with three women refusing to walk and instead carried to police vehicles.

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The three men and six women have all been charged with entering in closed lands, interfering with conduct of business and hindering police.

They were all bailed and will face Goulburn Local Court between May 15 and May 29.

This particular group was one of many involved in protests around the country on Monday. It was a nationally-coordinated 'Day of Action', marking the first anniversary of the release of the documentary Dominion, which investigated agricultural practices employed on Australian farms.

The heart of Melbourne was also taken over on Monday morning, with 39 vegan protesters arrested.

The protesters used three cars to block the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets during peak hour, chaining themselves to the vehicles.

The 39 people, including two 17-year-olds and a 15-year-old, have all been charged with obstructing a roadway and resisting and obstructing police.

They have all been bailed and will attend court in the coming weeks.