A man has been charged with two counts of trespass after video was broadcast of vegan activists allegedly breaking into a West Australian piggery.
Police have charged a 25-year-old man with two counts of trespass over separate incidents at a Pinjarra piggery farm and Mundijong farm.
Vegan activist James Warden and a woman broadcast a video live from inside a West Australian piggery on Sunday night for more than an hour.
In the footage, Mr Warden says he is trying to show consumers the conditions their food comes from.
“These animals are being confined to these tiny areas and being subjugated,” he said.
WA Police Commander Allan Adams said there was a “line in the sand” for people engaging in protests.
“When they don’t abide by those rules the police will thoroughly investigate,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
He called for cool heads to prevail after rising tensions between farmers and activists.
“We don’t want to see good people get in trouble.”
The brazen broadcast prompted Agriculture Minister David Littleproud to ramp up pressure on an animal rights group to pull down a controversial map of farm locations.
Mr Littleproud said the piggery was on an Aussie Farms map that has been online for almost two months and details the location of hundreds of farms and abattoirs where the group says animals are being exploited.
“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,” he said on Tuesday.
He also called for states to strengthen trespass laws after an animal activist received a $350 fine for her third offence.
Earlier in the month, Mr Warden posted on social media that a WA farmer had “unlawfully discharged a firearm … in the presence of … concerned citizens after assaulting them while they were in their car on public property”.
Jason Parravicini denied firing his gun to intimidate vegan activists who filmed calves at his property, saying he was instead scaring vermin away from livestock feed.
The man who was charged on Tuesday will face court at a later date.