In NSW, a select committee was established to inquire into and report on the extent of protection for landowners from unauthorised filming or surveillance. This was brought about by increasing incursion by animal activists who have been using drones to record animal husbandry practices and post the footage on social media. This has had a devastating effect on farm businesses and families and the communities around them.
The topics of discussion in this paper are:
- Protection for landholders and existing legislative framework around
- Surveillance with ‘drones’ or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems
- Impacts of trespass and unauthorised surveillance on landholders
- Biosecurity impacts
- Damage to property and stock disturbance
- Personal impact
- Public interest in animal welfare and transparent production practices
- Transparency in animal industries
- Adequacy of existing legislative framework
- The changing media and technological environment
This report has come up with five recommendations to protect landholders and address the public interest in animal welfare practices. It is an easy read and well worth your time if you are a livestock farmer, an animal activist, or even if you are a member of the public with an interest in the welfare of agricultural animals.