‘Smarter than your dog’: Activists storm piggery
At least two animal rights activists have been arrested after storming a southern Queensland piggery, where a large group of protesters have gathered chanting "their bodies, not ours".
It is understood dozens gathered today to protest at the gates of the Cameron Pastoral Company piggery at Pittsworth as part of the "Meat the victims" activist group which describes itself as a "new generation of the growing community of citizens willing to disobey unjust laws together to abolish animal exploitation".
Two men aged 38 and 26 have been arrested and charged with unlawfully trespassing after they were allegedly caught inside the biosecurity-restricted facility.
The two men will face the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on October 21.
Videos from the gathering show one activist shouting through a megaphone surrounded by people wearing black 'Meat the Victims' shirts.
"No one is born evil, no one wants to hurt these animals and no one wants to commit animal cruelty but it is happening and consumers do not know what is going on," the woman says.
"You buy a nice packaged piece of flesh at the grocery not knowing there are mothers and babies stuck behind this fence in tiny little stalls screaming, suffering and in pain.
"This is how we treat the fourth most intelligent animal on this planet.
"They are smarter your dog."
The woman and the crowd then begin chanting "their bodies, not ours, their flesh, not ours".
"If consumers knew what was happening behind there, we believe that they would choose to not support these industries," the woman says over the megaphone.
"This industry relies on secrecy and darkness.
"They are hiding so they can be profitable. If there is nothing wrong…let us inside.
"We will keep coming back until these places no longer exist because animal cruelty is wrong and it is happening right now in the animal agriculture industry."
The facility is the same piggery where vegan activist and model Lauren McGeachin stole two piglets for which she was last month sentenced to 90 hours of community service.
During the sentencing hearing in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on August 27, McGeachin said she was inspired to "rescue" piglets after seeing the "putrid" conditions they lived in.
"There's pig parts and bodies around the facility and most disturbingly is a mother sow trapped in a narrow crate," her lawyer Kate McArthur told the court.
"The sow was on her side with a litter of live piglets suckling from her and at her feet are a rotting pile of piglet carcasses.
"Judging from the state of them it appears they have been declaring there for some time."
Her co-offender and founder of the Meat the Victims group Leah Ava Whetton last week also faced court for a break in at the facility and was fined $1000 but no conviction was recorded.
It's unclear whether Whetton or McGeachin were present at today's protest but both posted stories to their Instagram about the action.
"We will not stop sharing the truth about what you do to them," McGeachin posted to her Instagram about the protest.
"This makes me feel physically ill that this suffering is still happening right now.
"I'm asking everyone to please stop paying for this unnecessary torture and murder to these beautiful sentient animals."
Originally published as 'Smarter than your dog': Activists storm piggery