Vegan activist in South West farmer stoush says death threats won’t deter him
A vegan activist confronted by an armed farmer outside a property in the South West says online death threats will not deter him or his colleagues from taking similar action in the future.
Direct Action Everywhere member James Warden was in a car with a fellow activist filming calves outside the property of Harvey farmer Jason Parravicini on Wednesday.
After confronting the pair, Mr Warden said the farmer then went inside his house before emerging with a shotgun and firing two shots into the air.
Mr Warden posted a 7NEWS report of the incident on Facebook which sparked death threats in the comments section.
“You disgusting rat if that were me that gun would have been aimed straight at your head,” wrote one poster.
“Come near my paddocks and I’ll cut ya f***n head off and drink from your skull you f****g maggot,” wrote another.
Mr Warden said these sort of comments would not deter him and his fellow activists.
“We are trying to film and expose these people's jobs that are inherently cruel,” he said.
“The victim in this case are the animals enduring suffering and mutilation, the victim is not the farmer.
“If we were to regress, the only beneficiary would be the farmers. We will continue to do what we are doing regardless of the threats.”
Mr Parravicini, who will not face police charges, claimed on the 6PR Breakfast show on Friday that footage seen on 7NEWS had been doctored to portray him in a negative light.
“The video you’ve seen last night has been fully edited by the vegans. It doesn’t show anything that took place beforehand,” he said.
He also denied he was shooting to scare the activists, saying instead he was scaring vermin away from newborn calves.
“They’d driven up the road, I thought they had left . . . . I only realised they were still there when I walked back inside,” he told 6PR
“It doesn’t show me numerous times asking them to leave, to stop videoing where there is young children.”
Mr Warden denied Mr Parravicini’s claims, quoting journalist Christopher Hitchens.
“That which is asserted without evidence can be refuted without evidence.” he said.
“We were threatened, we were assaulted, the farmer was impeding on traffic.
“He then discharged a firearm. All we were doing was filing animals. Who is the victim?”
Direct Action Everywhere has previously targeted Northbridge restaurant Outback Jacks and The Muchea saleyards but Mr Warden denied activists were against meat-eaters or farmers.
“We are against an oppressive system which indoctrinates and socially manipulates people to feel that is acceptable to devour the corpse of a sentient being,” he said.
“These industries need to be known for the families that they are tearing apart and the animals that they are murdering, not the so-called product that they are producing.”
Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said farmers had a right to do their work without being harassed.
“Family farms are people’s homes. Children live in these homes,” Mr Littleproud said.
The minister said the incident followed the launch of the “Aussie Farms“ website, which he labelled an “attack map for activists” listing hundreds of farms and their addresses.
- With AAP
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