Animal activists once again believe they are above the law. These extremists that force their skewed way of life upon people have once again broken the law taking on another crusade.
These same activists will protest against legal hunting and firearm ownership whilst continuing to show no regard for peoples property or businesses.
The SBS reported Police alleged the group was protesting alleged animal cruelty at the Lakesland farm, near Camden, on Thursday when they the raided the property.
“A large group of protesters allegedly forced entry to the shed of a chicken farm on Mowbray Road and threatened the owner with bolt cutters,” NSW Police said on Friday.
It was reported the group refused to leave the property and put chickens in cages before fleeing.
Some chickens died during the raid, police said.
Officers later stopped a Toyota Hilux nearby containing cages of chickens.
an RSPCA spokeswoman condemned what unfolded at the property.
“It makes it hard to do our job,” Stefania Kubowicz told AAP on Friday.
She said trespassing was illegal and taking the hens “can further harm the birds”.
Thirteen people – eight women, four men and a 17-year-old girl – were taken to the local police station and charged with animal cruelty.
One man, aged 46, was also charged with assaulting police, common assault and use an offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence.
Before the arrests, one of the NSW Hen Rescue campaigners told a local newspaper the group was at the farm as a “voice for the hens”.
“There’s a small number of us here and we have carriers ready just in case we are able to make a rescue today,” Catherine Kelarher told the Camden-Narellan Advertiser.
“We’re here to be a voice for the hens and put some pressure on authorities.”
The 12 adults were given conditional bail to appear at Picton Local Court on August 14.
The 17-year-old girl was given bail to appear at a children’s court also in August.