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Activists charged over Qld piglet theft

A further six people have been charged under Queensland’s tough new trespassing laws aimed at deterring so-called farm invasions by animal rights activists.

Police visited several addresses across the south east of the state on Monday and Tuesday as part of an investigation into farm invaders at a Pittsworth piggery and Warwick egg facility last year.

The four women and two men, aged between 22 and 30, are accused of offences related to unlawfully entering the properties and stealing several piglets and chickens in November 2019 and over a six-month period from December 2018 respectively.

If convicted, they could face up to one year in jail or fines up to $60,000 under harsher penalties introduced by the state government in February.

A total of 11 people have so far been charged over the incidents and investigations are ongoing, police said.

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