Around 200 people attended the #NoAgGag Rally on a sunny Saturday at Sydney Town Hall.
There are no winners in ag-gag laws. They undermine the values of democracy, impedes free speech and transparency. If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from.
Ag-gag laws are designed to deter activists and journalists from documenting the suffering of animals in factory farms. In June 2015, a Senate Committee recommended that WA Senator Chris Black’s Criminal Code Amendment (Animal Protection) Bill be passed with a minor change.
If passed, it means that investigators of animal cruelty will be made criminals while the perpetrators of that cruelty will be protected. It will obscure consumers’ understanding of where their food comes from.
Join us to learn more about ag-gag and oppose this backward Bill. A short Q&A session will follow the speeches.
A fantastic turnout of 250-300 people to the rally in Sydney demanding justice for the pigs at Wally’s Piggery.
Background (courtesy Little Oak Sanctuary): We are appalled by the withdrawal of the case against Wally and Stephanie Perenc, the operators of Wally’s Piggery. The deplorable conditions in this piggery just outside Canberra were brought to light in August 2012. General community outrage was expressed across the nation. Almost a year to the day after Animal Liberation’s investigation into this travesty of a ‘farm’ was released, the RSPCA NSW laid 53 charges against the operators, including 12 counts of alleged aggravated animal cruelty.
Now, more than 2 years after the initial investigation, RSPCA NSW has dropped ALL charges against the piggery operators. No compelling reason for dropping the charges has been provided by the animal welfare organisation. Indeed, for most of its brief statement about the dismissal of the case it blamed the very activists who brought the case to light. Without these activists, there is little doubt the operators of Wally’s Piggery would be still be farming pigs today. Now, thanks to the dismissal of the case, they can do so again.
This is a catastrophic failure of the legal system to protect the most vulnerable and exploited beings in our society: farmed animals.
We demand answers from the RSPCA on the dismissal of the Wally’s Piggery case.
See photos and videos from inside Wally’s Piggery: Aussie Farms
Read an analysis of the Wally’s Piggery case: Voiceless
Chris Delforce from Aussie Farms challenged Katrina Hodgkinson (the NSW Minister for Primary Industries) and Steve Coleman (CEO of RSPCA NSW) to a public debate to explain the withdrawal of charges against Wally’s Piggery and how it relates to proposed ag-gag legislation.