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Vegan activist Chris Delforce vows to defy government crackdown on protests

CHRIS DELFORCE: The simple fact is jail or any kind of punishment on us doesn't compare to what is happening to animals across the country. If anything it is going to bolster us to campaign even harder.

ANDREW TILLETT: ‘The vegan activist being threatened with jail and multi-million dollar fines by the Morrison government for inspiring protests at farms and abattoirs is unrepentant, vowing to continue to publicise their locations so they can go on being targeted. Melbourne documentary maker Chris Delforce accused the government of bordering on “totalitarianism” after Attorney-General Christian Porter vowed a re-elected Morrison government would introduce jail terms of up to 12 months for animal activists who incited “vigilante” protests online.

The proposed tough new laws are aimed at shutting down Mr Delforce’s website, Aussie Farms, which publishes a map showing the names and addresses of graziers, poultry farms, piggeries, hatcheries, horse studs and abattoirs. Protesters have used the information to target farmers’ homes as well as processing facilities, storming properties as part of a campaign against eating meat… Mr Delforce accused the government of acting at the behest of “big donors” in trying to censor his work.

He said he would not change despite the risk of stiff penalties. “The simple fact is jail or any kind of punishment on us doesn’t compare to what is happening to animals across the country,” he told The Australian Financial Review. “If anything it is going to bolster us to campaign even harder. “Jumping the fence to film animal cruelty is not worse than the cruelty itself.” He questioned whether the crackdown on the organisation was constitutional because of the implied right to political communication. “We are talking with lawyers. We’re willing to pursue this if possible to take the government to court,” he said’.  SOURCE…

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