Eleven vegan activists charged for Yangan abattoir protest
ELEVEN vegan activists connected to the Carey Bros' Yangan abattoir protest were arrested and charged with a raft of unlawful entry offences last night.
Detectives from Major and Organised Crime Squad, State Crime Command and police from the Darling Downs, Moreton, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast swooped on the activists.
The 11 protesters were charged with 18 offences including unlawfully entering farming land, trespass and drug offences.
A 29-year-old woman and 26-year-old man were previously charged with unlawfully entering farming land on April 5 and were bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on May 9.
Detective Superintendent Jon Wacker from the Drug and Serious Crime Group, said the charges followed formal complaints from the owners of properties targeted by unauthorised protests.
"The Queensland Police Service respects the right of people to protest in a peaceful manner, however we have a duty to ensure the safety of protesters, farm workers and property owners," he said.
"Unauthorised protests in and around farmlands and industrial areas create significant personal and workplace safety risks.
"We will take enforcement action whenever necessary to ensure the safety of the community and to protect the rights of people to feel safe in their homes and at their place of work."
Shortly after 1.30am on April 8 Warwick police were alerted to a large convoy of vegan activists heading to the Southern Downs from Brisbane.
A small contingent of 20 protesters made their way into Carey Bros' Yangan abattoir and chained themselves to machinery on the kill floor.
They remained in abattoir until a Carey Bros representive agreed to free three sheep.
Investigations are continuing.