A WESTERN District farmer is acting as an undercover animal rights activist in a bid to protect his industry.
The Weekly Times can reveal the sheep farmer began infiltrating animal rights groups four years ago because he believed activists were getting away with crimes with just a “slap on the wrist”.
The farmer has a fake “stereotypical vegan” Facebook account to gain access to private vegan groups and discussions online.
He also attends protests and even private social gatherings with local animal activists.
“I thought I better start watching out because you never know when they’re going to come,” he said.
“I meet them, talk to them and protest alongside them.
“You have to bite your tongue 99 per cent of the time.
“I’ve actually stopped quite a lot of sit-ins or disruptions (!!) — about three in the last four or five months — by letting the police and venue know it’s coming.
“If a scruffy bloke can get in on it maybe the police need to start doing it.”
The farmer said while he had heard many conversations about stolen livestock, he had not witnessed or gone as far as to take part in it as his “vegan alter ego”.
Victorian Farmers Federation egg president Brian Ahmed, who has had activists break in to his Werribee farm, said while “two wrongs don’t make a right” he was not surprised it had come to this.
“I think sooner or later someone had to take action,” Mr Ahmed said.
“I’m disappointed authorities haven’t done enough so we have had to get to this level,” he said.
“Unless our government takes a stand for agriculture in this country we’re going to have more and more of this.”
The undercover animal activist said he would like to see “a total reform of the trespassing laws here in Victoria”.
“We’re all just sick and tired of it,” he said.
“We’re just trying to put food on the table.”
My comment: The infiltration of animal rights activists is not new.
In 2011, the Austrian animal rights activist Martin Balluch, also with “help” of a covert spy woman, was jailed for 13 months. Without having committed any offense.
Martin Balluch has written about his experiences in connection with this criminal process the book: animal rights activist: the state enemy!
“We’re all just sick and tired of it,” said the spy.
The animals get sick because of performance breeding and torture in the mega cases. Not the farmers. The farmers only gripe, and “play” the victims.
When we are on the side of justice, we are on the side of the nonhuman animals who are abused by criminal tormentors in the Farma Dachau of the 21st century as slaves and die painful because they consider these beings as their property.
Not least, because the system, the police and the politicians support and advocate these death factories.
The covert investigations will get on!
Thanks to some brave people, we hope to eradicate the hell the animals go through every day because of our species.
My best regards, Venus