A vegan activist has been filmed as he was held in what appears to be a stranglehold by a police officer after being arrested while protesting alleged animal cruelty.
Direct Action Everywhere and Meat The victims of animal rights activist Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski was one of two men charged after allegedly infringing on a pigsty near Toowoomba in southern Queensland.
He and Shaun Figueiredo were among about 30 protesters who visited the property on Monday.
The two men on Facebook were live streaming their attempts to enter the site, running through fields until they find a fence to climb under.
Animal rights activist Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski filmed in the pigsty just before they were surrounded by police officers
“Animals are suffering, this is an emergency,” Swiebodzinski explains to camera.
“There’s no time to mess around. We’re going in. ‘
They move to a stable, where dozens of sows and piglets are housed in farrowing pens and boxes.
The finals of the 35-minute clip are scenes of chaos as police officers storm the shed.
An officer is filmed approaching Swiebodzinski from behind and grabbing him around the neck as he is being towed away.
Another officer tells Figueiredo, who is filming, “If you resist arrest, you will be charged further.”
Swiebodzinski claims the officer put his arms around his neck.
Swiebodzinski was filmed approaching from behind and being strangled around the neck before being dragged away.
‘He yelled at me, told me I was under arrest. He shouted, “I told you not to go in here,” he said news.com.au.
“As soon as he took me out of the shed, put both knees on my body, handcuffed me behind my back, and searched me.”
Swiebodzinski added that they were surrounded by at least 15 officers who seemed to anticipate them.
Queensland police confirmed that two men were charged with trespass and fined for violating a biosafety order.
While a spokesperson was unable to comment on the images, he referred Daily Mail Australia to police use of violence, which is reported online.
The neck rest is an open-handed tactic that officers are allowed to use when control of a police situation cannot otherwise be achieved.
He and Shaun Figueiredo got into the site illegally by climbing under a fence
Open-hand tactics equip officers with a range of operational skills and tactics that help officers perform their functions safely, efficiently and effectively. Application of these tactics can enable officers to take control of a subject or police situation, ”states the Queensland Police guidelines.
Swiebodzinski says the couple politely asked for permission to enter the site and insists that they respect biohazard safety rules when entering the property.
“We were prepared with biohazard suits, gloves, disinfectant, masks, we know the biohazard safety rules within those facilities and we always follow them,” he said.
Swiebodzinski claims that the sow stalls and farrowing pens shown in the images are standard.
“The pigs are all around me and in front of me – the stench is unbearable,” he says.
“Is this somehow ethical?”
Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski (left) was charged with violation and fined for violating a biosafety order
The RSPCA is also deeply concerned about its use, citing welfare concerns.
“Pigs that are housed in sow boxes and farrowing pens have no opportunity to display natural behavior or to communicate socially with other pigs,” the organization states on its website.
‘Sow boxes and farrowing pens can also cause physical problems for the sows. Due to their inability to exercise, their muscles and bones deteriorate and they may have great difficulty standing or lying down. ‘
The two indicted men have been inundated with support from fellow animal activists
‘I am so lucky with such friends and colleagues. With people like I had around me yesterday, anything is possible, ” Swiebodzinski posted on Facebook on Tuesday evening.
Earlier this year, Swiebodzinski was fined $ 5,000 for his role in the theft of a $ 1,500 calf from a farm in Western Australia in 2018.
Arkadiusz Swiebodzinski protested at the site on Monday against alleged animal cruelty