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Australia No jail for vegan activist who stole calf from farm

14:52  18 february  2020
14:52  18 february  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A VEGAN activist who is accused of nicking a £830 calf and a dead piglet starved in prison because they didn’t have any animal free alternatives. James Warden of the Direct Action Everywhere, an animal rights group, was charged with three counts of trespassing and two counts of stealing and

A vegan activist charged with stealing a 00 calf from a farm in Western Australia has gone on trial, posting on social media hours earlier that he is doing "what is The court heard Swiebodzinski drove to the farm with Warden and Mihaela Herceg, who previously pleaded guilty to her role.

Controversial vegan activist James Warden has dodged jail after being found guilty of stealing a calf from a Western Australian farm.

A magistrate handed him a 12-month suspended sentence after the verdict on the brazen heist.

She also sentenced him over trespassing incidents at a number of Western Australian piggeries, that he admitted to.

a person holding a sign posing for the camera: James Warden has been found guilty of stealing a calf from a farm, but was not jailed.© 9News James Warden has been found guilty of stealing a calf from a farm, but was not jailed.

James Wardens lawyer claimed he was only the 'muscle' of the operation, when he along with two other activists went to the Brunswick farm in October 2018, and took the calf that they named 'Theo.'

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The three of them transported the calf to an animal sanctuary - Warden's lawyer told the court he was merely assisting Mihaela Herceg, who came up with the idea and previously admitted to her role in the crime.

But the magistrate found damning video footage taken from Warden's phone inside the farm showed he was a principal offender.

a black cat sitting on top of a wooden bench: The activists transported the stolen calf to an animal sanctuary.© 9News The activists transported the stolen calf to an animal sanctuary.

Secret police phone taps played to the court also revealed the extent of his involvement.

Outside court James Warden vowed to continue standing up for animal rights - even though the magistrate warned him he faces the prospect of jail if he commits another crime within 12 months.

The court heard Warden has been accepted to study law, and was inspired by his recent legal troubles.

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