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Darebin signs try to stop traffic in animals
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 03:41:58 PM »
ANIMAL rights activists have defaced stop signs throughout Darebin.

But the group behind the campaign remains a mystery.

Printed stickers, designed to suit the layout and colour of the stop sign, have changed them to read “Stop Live Animal Export”.

Northcote Sergeant Juliann Goldrick warned it was a summary offence to alter traffic signs and those caught could face three months imprisonment and fines of $1832.

“Traffic control signals are not the appropriate place for political messages because they distract drivers and could cause accidents,” Sgt Goldrick said.

Animal rights groups, such as Animals Australia and the RSPCA, denied knowledge of the stickers.

RSPCA spokesman Tim Pilgrim said the animal protection organisation would not endorse illegal activity, although it was an interesting tactic.

“People are passionate about the campaign to stop live animal exports,” Mr Pilgrim said.

Activist group GetUp! also denied knowledge of the stickers.

“We can’t take the credit for it and we wouldn’t encourage members to do something like that because it could be counter-productive,” spokesman Rohan Wenn said.

“Although we wouldn’t encourage it, we understand the passion behind it.”

29 Feb 12 @ 10:05am by Julia Irwin