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NSW ‘steps up’ and introduces country’s toughest vegan activist laws

The NSW government is set to introduce the toughest laws in the country to combat vegan activists who illegally enter farms.

The new laws are being introduced in response to a slew of incidents earlier this year, where vegan protestors stormed onto farms, chaining themselves to equipment and stealing animals.

From next month protesters and activists who trespass on NSW farms will face on-the-spot fines of $1000 and biosecurity fines of up to $220,000 per person.

President of the National Farmers Federation Fiona Simson tells Steve Price she hopes the new penalties will stop farming families from being terrorised.

“It’s a good thing that the NSW state government has stepped up.

“We really hope some of these will be real deterrents… that will actually stop and make people think twice about doing what they’re doing.”

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NSW Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall tells John Stanley if protestors don’t have the means to pay for a fine, the money will be seized.

“The fact is the courts have the discretion to garnish their wages or garnish their social security payments until the fine is paid off.”

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