ACT businesses should be protected from vegan vandalism

The Labor-Greens Government should protect ACT businesses from vegan vandals and animal activists who incite trespass and illegally storm family farms to threaten and intimidate workers, Shadow Minister for Business and Employment Andrew Wall.

This week in the Assembly, Mr Wall will call on the Labor-Greens Government to protect animal related businesses in the ACT by strengthening criminal trespass offences in line with the financial penalties recently implemented in NSW.

Mr Wall wants legal protections for all forms of animal related businesses in the ACT, including wildlife parks and research facilities.

“There should be no place in the ACT for vegan vandals who incite and commit crime,” Mr Wall said.

“The ACT is home to a number of animal related businesses including primary producers, wildlife facilities and research facilities that could be a potential target for this kind of illegal activity.

“People who are lawfully operating an animal related business in the ACT should be able to do so with legal protection from these vegan vandals.

“The Labor-Greens Government has a responsibility to safeguard farming businesses as well as major tourism operators including Tidbinbilla nature reserve.

“The government needs to send a clear message that there is no place for this kind of criminal activity in the ACT,” Mr Wall said.