Are trespass and theft laws failing farmers? | POLL

Are trespass and theft laws failing farmers? | POLL

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WITH an animal activist fined just $1 for breaking biosecurity laws, this week we're asking - is the system failing to protect farmers?

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REVELATIONS a vegan activist who was part of a group who stormed onto a Victorian farm and stole several animals was fined just $1 for removing an identification ear tag and $1 for keeping livestock without a PIC have sparked outrage.

Victorian Farmers Federation president David Jochinke said the result was "deplorable", and set a "dangerous precedent".

Meanwhile, federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said the creation of new privacy laws to help protect farmers was a priority.

"I'm working with the Attorney-General as he investigates beefing up privacy laws to help farmers," he said.

"The safety of farming families and their children is at risk here. No-one likes the address of their family home put online for all to see, especially when information is wrong in many cases."

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