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AustraliaVegan activists promise to break more laws amid proposed crackdown

15:20  23 may  2019
15:20  23 may  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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Vegan activists say they won't back down after the WA government announced plans to crackdown on trespassing on farms. (Supplied). It comes after a string of Perth vegan activists linked to Direct Action Everywhere were charged for entering properties and filming livestock this year.

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"I think it's an injustice that they would resort to such a measure," Matt Johnson, from California's Direct Action Everywhere, told 9News.

Attorney-General John Quigley says plans to beef-up laws will include tougher penalties for anyone who enters a agricultural property and giving farmers stronger powers to take out restraining orders.

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Vegan activists promise to break more laws amid proposed crackdown© Supplied Vegan activists say they won't back down after the WA government announced plans to crackdown on trespassing on farms. It comes after a string of Perth vegan activists linked to Direct Action Everywhere were charged for entering properties and filming livestock this year.

"They're targeting people who are providing a public good by exposing what is happening inside these farms and showing the public this horrific animal cruelty which people are only supporting due to lack of knowing," Mr Johnson said.

He also said the group will continue to break the law to spread the Direct Action Everywhere message

Vegan activists promise to break more laws amid proposed crackdown© Supplied Attorney-General John Quigley says plans to beef-up laws will include tougher penalties for anyone who enters a agricultural property and giving farmers stronger powers to take out restraining orders.

"There (is) a time and a place in which some laws do deserve to be broken - we look back at successful social movements through history where ordinary people say 'yes' when there's an injustice," he said.

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A Direct Action Everywhere manifesto this week leaked to the media told members they were 'walking in the steps of Martin Luther King".

"I don't think animal rights activists are facing anywhere near the consequences of those activists but, tactically building a movement, we are drawing very much on that inspiration," he said.

Vegan activists promise to break more laws amid proposed crackdown© Supplied Direct Action Everywhere activists, however, have said they plan to continue breaking into farms to show the world their message.

Mr Johnson said there is already change happening around the world.

"Our message is, if you are not going to reflect the will of the people and reflect common decency, then we will be forced to take that into our own hands and take this direct action," he said.

"We are very confident when people do see this happening for themselves they'll come down on the side of justice and they won't support what's happening on Australian farms."

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