A seven-hour activist piggery sit-in and peaceful protest resulted in trespassing charges for dozens of activists in Australia this week.
More than 60 activists entered the Beerburrum establishment under the cover of night, while others - including renowned animal advocate James Aspey - held a nonviolent protest outside.
Stakes were high for campaigners, with Aspey telling reporters that 'desperate times call for desperate action'.
A large sign held up by protesters read: "Their fate is on your plate."
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When police arrived to the premises, several hours of negotiation with activists inside the building ensued.
34 of them were charged with trespassing, eventually emerging visibly shaken by what they’d seen inside.
Aspey told PBN the protesters had acted from a 'moral obligation to disobey unjust laws'.
He added: "The activists are trying to rescue innocent prisoners who will soon become murder victims. The farmers doing the torturing and killing are the ones who should be arrested."
The event, which occurred on Thursday, was covered by Eye Witness News, 7 News Sunshine Coast, and a number of other mainstream media outlets.
On the scene, Aspey told reporters: "We need to do things that get media attention so that this issue can be brought onto the table because this is the darkest thing happening in humanity right now."
Activists are hopeful about the outcomes of the coverage.
After the event, Aspey told PBN: "Hundreds of thousands of people learned through the news interviews that free range, grass fed and humanely slaughtering animals is not even close to good enough and the least we should do is boycott the industries exploiting animals by living vegan."
Despite the mistreatment of animals at the facility photographed and described by activists, Australian Pork Limited made a statement on the piggery’s behalf claiming concern for animal welfare.
The statement said: "Anyone entering a pig farm without completing the relevant biosecurity protocols puts the health of the animals at risk."
Activists maintain that they took the appropriate precautions, and dressed to protect the pigs’ health, when they entered the facility.
Despite the charges, activists have not lost sight of their goal, maintaining their resolve to stop the mistreatment of animals.
Aspey told PBN: "Unfortunately, we live in a deeply speciesist world where violence against certain individuals is deemed acceptable by society, but this is wrong and this is what we are fighting every day to change."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.
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