New laws have been proposed to directly target animal activists for farm trespassing in Victoria, AustraliaThe laws include a fine of $1272 for an individual or $8178 for an organization. This is just a starting number, however, as fines could climb up to $54,522.

Prominent animal activist Chris Delforce said, “These new laws impose heavy on-the-spot fines for people who covertly enter animal agriculture facilities to capture evidence of cruelty. If these new anti-activist laws are anything to go by, this government has no real interest in the welfare of farm animals, and the new Animal Welfare Act will be as much of a sham as (the current) Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. Their real interest is in stemming the tide of footage and photographs which have been, for many years, a source of great embarrassment and reputation damage for industries that engage in commercialized animal cruelty.”

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These fines could pose a huge financial risk to any activists looking to rescue sick and dying animals or collect undercover footage of animal cruelty. They will make it even harder to expose the dark secrets behind these farms.

It’s time that governments put living beings before business profits. Our leaders need to stop protecting big animal agriculture companies from having their cruel practices exposed to the public, and instead support those who are trying to make a positive change.

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