[16 April/Rural News]

The Australian government is promising tougher sanctions against animal activists, including a new offence with up to 12 months jail time for those who use a carriage service, such as the internet to disclose personal information and incite others to trespass on farmland and livestock facilities and damage businesses. This is to deal with the threat posed by animal activist groups like Aussie Farms, which publishes an interactive map with the locations of hundreds of rural properties countrywide including livestock farms, meat works and dairy factories. Deputy Prime Minister and National’s leader Michael McCormack pledged the Federal Coalition would introduce the legislation if they formed government after the election.