Activists who invade farms, like these vegan activists at the Carey Bros Abattoir at Yangan, could face hefty fines.
Activists who invade farms, like these vegan activists at the Carey Bros Abattoir at Yangan, could face hefty fines. Michael Nolan

Farm invaders to pay hefty fines for double charges

ACTIVISTS who invade farms or animal processing businesses could face a double-whammy, with fines for breaching biosecurity on top of penalties for trespassing.

Acting Agircultural Industry Development and Fisheries Minister Anthony Lynham said anyone thinking of illegally entering a farm or animal processing business should be ready to wear a heavy cost.

"We have already seen multiple activists fined up to $1300 in the Magistrates Court for trespass, and a number forced to to pay restitution to an affected business,” he said.

"Under our new fines regime, such farm invaders will now also face the additional prospect of being fined $652.17 for breaching biosecurity.”

Farm invaders could face heavy fines or jail time for breaching biosecurity and trespassing on farms.