Animal rights activists protest at John Dee
ANIMAL rights activists have gathered outside John Dee in Warwick to protest the slaughter of animals for meat.
Around 20 members of Animal Liberation of Queensland, most of whom came from Brisbane, used the Ekka Public Holiday to "see the real side" of meat production in regional Queensland.
"Ekka is the time of year when (producers) try to bring agriculture into Brisbane to show the city people, so we wanted to bring people out here instead," Animal Liberation spokesman Chay Neal said.
"We're trying to help people connect the meat they see in the supermarket to the 'individuals' trucked off to slaughter."
Protesters stood with provocative signs by the meat processing facility on Rosehill Rd, with motorists occasionally yelling at them as they drove past.
John Dee Director John Hart said the protest had not caused any hold ups at the facility and their main concern was for the spread of the coronavirus.
"We respect their views, but we have ours as well, and now is not the right time to be protesting," Mr Hart said.
One protester was charged for a Covid infringement, according to Police Inspector David Preston, who was on scene.
"As a freight driver (the protester) was supposed to maintain a record of everyone he was in contact with, and he failed to do that," Insp Preston said.
The man received a fine of $1360 and was asked to leave the protest.
Insp Preston said the activists were otherwise "very well-behaved", and had complied with all police directions.
"They've been all around the Warwick area today, they were out at Maydan Feedlot this morning," he said.
Animal Liberation spokesman Chay Neal said protesters had communicated their peaceful intentions with both John Dee and Maydan Feedlot.
"We're not here to cause any trouble," Mr Neal said.
"We just want people to see (animals) as individuals and know they're all scared on their way out of the race, when they have a bolt gun to their head."
A spokesman from Maydan said the protestors were respectful and did not cause any incidents.