'Attack' map cops a spray
LOCAL businesses have been caught up in what has been described as "an act bordering on terrorism" after an animal rights group released details of thousands of producers nationwide.
Aussiefarms.org.au released a map detailing meat, egg and dairy producers in Australia and is calling for activists to collect and upload evidence of animal abuse.
It lists the personal information of small, family operations along with large feedlots and abattoirs.
The website is run by Aussie Farms, an animal rights charity.
Local butcher Boss Meats has found its way onto the map, with owner Greg Paterson calling it dangerous.
Mr Paterson said he intended to lodge a complaint with the National Farmers Federation.
"A lot of the greenies were on the NFF site commenting, saying 'if they weren't being humane to animals they've got every right to put your name and address up there'," he said.
"Farmers were commenting back to them saying 'let's see your address, let's see where your business is'."
Aussie Farms allege meat and dairy industries rely on secrecy and deception, using "marketing ploys" such as "humanely slaughtered" and "free range" to justify profiting off the pain of animals. The map, which reportedly took at least eight years to compile, lists Boss Meats as an abattoir.
"I don't know how they come to that conclusion. It's a processing facility not an abattoir. All the farmers I know want it taken down. It's dangerous and people could get hurt," Mr Paterson said.
"It's bordering on terrorism.
"Depending on the moment, if I have someone blockade my driveway on the premises I'll give them three warnings and I'll have to take matters into my own hands."
Mr Paterson doesn't kill anything on his property. He gets his meat from the abattoir at Yangan, also on the map.
"I don't know where the government stand on this or what they're doing. If their names and addresses and private affairs were put up there it'd be stopped right away," he said.
Federal Agriculture Minster David Littleproud said this was not acceptable.
"This website is irresponsible at best," he said.
"Putting the locations of farms online could be creating an attack map for activists."