A group of vegan activists who participated in a brutal midnight attack on an abattoir used & # 39; extortion-like & # 39; tactics in exchange for leaving the property, a court has heard.
Eight of the protesters who rushed to the Carey Bros abattoir on April 8 near Warwick were taken to court on Thursday and seven were convicted of the incident with the violation.
Personnel from the Warwick slaughterhouse appeared to work around 3:20 pm on April 8 to find 21 activists, 18 of them chained to equipment.
A group of vegan activists who participated in a brutal midnight attack on an abattoir used & # 39; extortion-like & # 39; tactics in exchange for leaving the property, a court has heard. Vegan Amie Louise Joseph-Hall is shown
Melissa Joan Donald (photo) was one of eight protesters who was fined for her role in the midnight tread on the Carey Bros Abattoir, near Warwick on April 8
The staff at the Warwick slaughterhouse appeared to be working around 3:20 pm on April 8 to find 21 activists, 18 of them chained to equipment
The police were called, while the protest group had previously shown them video showing the slaughter of cattle.
& # 39; A spokesperson told the slaughterhouse manager that they would leave peacefully if he gave them three lives, like sheep, that they could save, & # 39; prosecutor Kathy Clark told Brisbane Magistrates Court.
& # 39; At that time they did not pay the sheep and the manager agreed to provide the sheep to help them leave the place. & # 39;
The farmer also had to pay his 20 hours of work over four hours each due to the delays caused by the forbidden land.
Defense lawyer Mark Glaser represented all eight protesters and argued that they were compliant and cooperative with the police.
He also argued that taking a conviction would hamper all their chances of future employment, all eight already have a part-time or full-time job.
& # 39; No one has damaged property while accepting that profits have been lost … six of the defendants have no criminal history and the two that do are Ms. Orr and Mr. Miller and their criminal history is not significant, & # 39; Glaser argued.
One of the protesters, Lyndal Maree Carmichael, is photographed and leaves the Brisbane court after being fined for her role in entering a slaughterhouse and using extortion methods.
Marilyn Orr (photo) was one of eight people who were fined last month for protests against farmland in Queensland
A group of smug vegan activists including Amie Louise Joseph-Hall (left) and Scott Miller (right) who participated in the nocturnal raid of an abattoir used extortion-like tactics in exchange for leaving the house of a court hearing
& # 39; Two of the defendants were not in the building and did not chain themselves, they made a conscious decision. & # 39;
However Magistrate Jason Schubert said while there was a place for peaceful protesting vegans' actions it went too far.
& # 39; There is clearly a right for individuals to conduct peaceful protests. That does not extend to a right to infringement on other people's property or interferes with their business activities, & # 39; said magistrate Jason Schubert.
& # 39; The request for … three sheep is in fact an act of extortion. & # 39;
The eight activists were each fined between $ 400 and $ 600 after pleading guilty, but none of their beliefs were recorded.
Seven of the activists – Marilyn Orr, Miranda Welsh Webster, Scott Justin Miller, Jessica Leigh Lunardon, Amie Louise Joseph-Hall, Melanie Ellen Hinckseman and Lyndal Maree Carmichael – were convicted and fined on Thursday.
Seven of the activists – Marilyn Orr, Miranda Welsh Webster, Scott Justin Miller, Jessica Leigh Lunardon, Amie Louise Joseph-Hall, Melanie Ellen Hinckseman and Lyndal Maree Carmichael – were convicted and fined Thursday.
The eighth activist, Melissa Joan Donald, appeared at the same slaughterhouse five days later in the late hours of the night before calling the police to say someone was trying to shoot her.
Officers found her after an hour of searching in a paddock, where she said she was & # 39; there to see the cows & # 39 ;.
Her camouflage clothing and two-way radio pointed out differently.
She was fined $ 400.
The eight activists were each fined between $ 400 and $ 600 after pleading guilty, but none of their beliefs were recorded
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