SHOOTERS, Fishers and Farmers Party say the NSW Government has allowed animal rights’ terrorists to flourish by refusing to criminalise their destructive behaviour.
Binya sheep and cattle farmer and State Member for Murray Helen Dalton said her family was provided with less protection than a convicted sex offender under current laws.
“Under Section 21E the NSW Offenders Registration Act 2000, a person who reveals the name of a convicted sex offender can go to jail for two years,” she said.
“But animal activists can secretly film my farm, publish the names and address of my family and encourage vigilante-style behaviour with no consequences.
“The major parties need to put politics aside and give farmers more protection than sex offenders, not less.’’
SFF leader Robert Borsak said under NSW law, convicted sex offenders had more rights to privacy and protection than farmers and legitimate animal-related businesses.
“I put forward a right to farm bill last year that would have changed the NSW Crimes Act to ensure people secretly filming, trespassing on and harassing farmers could be jailed for doing so,’’ he said.
“The Liberals and Nationals refused to support my bill. They had eight years to deal with this problem, but have done nothing.’’
Mr Borsak’s comments come after the Victorian Gippy Goat Café was shut down due to constant abuse and harassment by vegan activists.