​​Media Release

Aussie Farms online attack map used for break-in

26 February 2019

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has again called on animal activist group Aussie Farms to pull down its map of Australian farms after a business on the map was broken into.

​"I said the Aussie Farms map was an attack map for activists and I was right," Minister Littleproud said.

"A piggery on the map has now been broken into by animal activists who have broadcast their illegal activities on Facebook.

"The safety of farming families and their children is at risk here.

"If this activist attack map remains online, I fear someone will be seriously hurt or worse.

"Nobody would like their family home address being broadcast to the world and especially not next to information which is wrong in many cases.

"I think the truth is the Aussie Farms organisation know full well their map is being used to plan attacks on farming family businesses and they're fine with that.

"They've lost sight of their cause and lost community support and must stop intimidating farming families.

"Aussie Farms should stop being so reckless and pull the farm map down before someone is killed.

"Bill Shorten must condemn this group and this map. Bill Shorten must call this out before the worst happens. Labor voting against drought support is one thing but saying nothing about a map which displays the addresses of Australian farming families – often with incorrect information about the farm – is something else.

"Following a recent Queensland case in which a trespassing animal activist got a $350 fine for her third offence, I also call on the states to beef up their trespass laws."

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Link to video: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012943206273

Minister Littleproud has also referred Aussie Farms to the Charities Commission and raised the issue of beefing up state trespass laws at the dinner of the recent AGMIN (agriculture ministers') conference in Adelaide. ​