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More animal rights activists charged after Queensland protests

The fresh arrests were made across the Darling Downs, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, with a total of 29 people having been arrested in relation to the two demonstrations.

TOBY CROCKFORD: ‘Fourteen more animal rights activists have been charged after protests at a southern Queensland feedlot and abattoir during the past month. The fresh arrests were made across the Darling Downs, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, with a total of 29 people having been arrested in relation to the two demonstrations. Eight were arrested in relations to the activist action at Carey Bros Abattoir in Yangan, 100 kilometres south-east of Toowoomba, on April 8.

About 100 people remained outside the factory itself but an estimated 18 allegedly went inside the abattoir and chained themselves to equipment. The demonstration ended about 5.30am when three sheep were surrendered and the activists left peacefully. Last Tuesday, police charged 11 people on 18 charges, including unlawfully entering farming land (trespass) and drug offences.

Another eight have also been charged with entering farming land (trespass) after the latest arrests. The total 19 accused offenders, six men and 13 women, were due to appear in the Warwick Magistrates Court on various dates during the next several weeks. Eight more people have been charged after protesters allegedly entered the Lemontree Feedlot at Millmerran, 82 kilometres south-west of Toowoomba, and took pictures of cattle on March 23′. SOURCE…

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