Police still investigating stoush between Harvey cattle farmer and vegan activist
Police say they are still investigating an on-camera stoush between a Harvey cattle farmer and two vegan activists near his property this week.
The video, first broadcast on 7NEWS, has divided viewers and readers alike as debate rages over the beef with vegan activists that started in Harvey.
Tonight, the Federal Agriculture Minister is calling for calm as police rule out charges against the farmer who fired a shotgun — moments after demanding activists leave his street.
Farmer Jason Parravacini says he had no plans to hurt anyone with the gun.
As for his angry reaction, he says he was provoked — by two people who sat outside his property recording videos.
The video has gone viral, and prompted both anger and calls for calm.
WA Farmers chief executive Trevor Whittington was one person who called for calm heads.
“What we don’t want to see is this sort of activity escalate,” he said.
Federal Agriculture Minister said he asked that “all those animal activists give those farmers a fair go.”
In Northam, farmers are on high alert. Just the threat of activists in the area today had police on standby.
The debate even made it to State Parliament, with Maylands MLA Lisa Baker blaming farmers for climate change.
Direct Action’s James Warden said the vegan activists were copping a “massive backlash”, including death threats.
“There’s always a sense of concern, there’s always a sense of urgency to look after yourself, though again we’re focussing on the animals,” he said.
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