UPDATE: A SECOND animal activist has been convicted, fined and placed on a community corrections order in court, after he chained himself to a conveyor inside a NSW abattoir on a national day of activist action last month.

It comes after at least 10 activists escaped conviction in court for trespass or theft across the country this year.

David Coulter, 46, was among eight activists that Rescue Police were allegedly forced to cut from equipment at Southern Meats, Goulburn, in the early hours of the morning on April 8.



Coulter was fined $1800 for entering inclosed lands and interfering with the conduct of business, and ordered to pay $621 compensation to the property owner.

He was also placed on a 12-month community corrections order for hindering police and will pay $52 to NSW Police.

EARLIER: AN ANIMAL activist has been convicted and fined in court, after she chained herself to a conveyor inside a NSW abattoir.

Gabrielle Mace, 28, was fined $450 for hindering police and was ordered to pay $52 to NSW Police, in Goulburn Local Court on Wednesday.

She was also fined $1200 for entering inclosed lands and interfering with the conduct of business, and was ordered to pay the owner of the property $621 in compensation.

The charge, brought under the “aggravated unlawful entry on inclosed lands” section of the NSW Inclosed Lands Protection Act, due to Mace’s interference with business, has a maximum penalty of $5500.

It differs from the stand alone offence of unlawful entry into inclosed land, which carries a maximum penalty of $550.

The Act was amended in 2017 to also consider those that pose a biosecurity risk when entering inclosed land as aggravated, but The Weekly Times understands no one has been prosecuted under this provision.

The national day of action also saw 40 people charged over a protest in Melbourne’s CBD, at least 20 others arrested across regional Victoria and 11 charged in Queensland.

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