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THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON’T THEY: Animal rights group prepared to risk jail over secret camera footage

Delforce: It helps to have an animal such as the horse, which most people love, to help make that connection that animals are sentient beings and are capable of feeling pain and suffering.

MATT BUNGARD: A group of animal rights activists are prepared to face jail time by leaking footage of alleged animal cruelty in two NSW knackeries, although the owners of one of the facilities claims the footage is not recent. The group, called Aussie Farms, released secret camera footage from Burns Pet Food and Luddenham Pet Meats on Monday afternoon, despite that action being prohibited by the NSW Surveillance Devices Act (2007). Three minutes of the footage was released on the group’s Facebook page, with a longer version available on the group’s website.

Aussie Farms’ executive director Chris Delforce said that this was not why that surveillance law existed, and that it was being exploited by those trying to silence animal cruelty whistleblowers. Mr Delforce was charged under the act in 2017, over footage from pig farms and a slaughterhouse gas chamber. The charges were dropped on a technicality. “We’re hoping this goes somewhere – this is a good campaign to challenge that law on,” he told the Herald…

Mr Delforce said the footage was taken on three occasions between 2018 and March 2020. He said two horses had been killed at the facility on the March 2020 date, including one thoroughbred with a brand… “Previously when it was about pig farms, it was something that the public was less on board with – but most people don’t want to see horses being shot in the head.” He described the horse as a “gateway” animal for people to understand that animals don’t want to be caged and abused…

“Every time footage comes out in NSW, no one wants to touch it because of this law. It’s actively preventing the people who need to see it from seeing it and we’ve had enough of that”…  “It definitely helps to have an animal such as the horse, which most people love, to help make that connection that animals are sentient beings and are capable of feeling pain and suffering,” Mr Delforce said”.  SOURCE…

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