Animal activists charged over stolen livestock in Pinjarra, Benger
Animal activists harbouring livestock stolen from WA farms have been charged by police and will appear in court for trespass and burglary charges later this month.
Police this morning alleged numerous offences were committed between August 2018 and February 2019 by people associated with animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, including the stealing of a cow and a pig from separate properties in Pinjarra and Benger.
Regional WA commander Allan Adams said the cow was returned to its owner in good health, while the pig was already deceased when it was taken by activists.
A 25-year-old Morley woman was charged in relation to the incident with aggravated burglary, stealing and two counts of trespass.
“The 25-year-old female from Morley had previously been charged with two trespass offences,” Mr Adams said.
“A male involved with those earlier incidences has left the State and we’re engaging with him to return to West Australia to help us finalise these investigations.”
A 25-year-old man from East Perth and 21-year-old woman from Yangebup were also charged with aggravated burglary, stealing and trespass.
A 23-year-old Warnbro man and 30-year-old Heathridge woman were charged with trespass.
A 36-year-old woman front Waroona was alleged to have harboured the animals on her property and has been charged by police with one count of Receiving.
Mr Adams confirmed electronic images located during a search assisted the investigation.
Farmers were urged to call police in all such incidents and record offences to assist with future investigations.
“We call on the farming community to maintain calm on their farm,” Mr Adams said.
“Developments in regards to this matter can provide comfort to primary producing industry that police take these matters seriously.”
Activists were also warned that while lawful protest was within their rights, there were “repercussions” for stepping over the line.
The offenders are due to appear in Mandurah Magistrates court on Tuesday April 30.
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