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ACT rejects push to curtail animal activists on farms   

ABC Rural  Lucy Barbour
 Updated 10 hours 37 minutes ago
    Shane Rattenbury height=227 Photo: ACT Greens MLA and ACT Primary Industries Minister, Shane Rattenbury, opposes any plans to introduce state or territory laws to curtail animal welfare activists on farms. (ABC News)     

The ACT Government has rejected the Federal Government's push for states and territories to introduce laws against trespassing and conducting unauthorised video surveillance on farms.

Earlier this year, the ACT Government banned factory farming, despite there being no factory farms in the Territory's jurisdiction.

The Federal Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has indicated there's national agreement on the need to introduce the laws, which aim to curtail the actions of animal welfare campaigners.

But ACT Minister for Primary Industries and Greens politician, Shane Rattenbury, disagrees.

"I don't support that position," he said.

"The Federal Government doesn't have powers in these areas, so states or territories have to do it individually.

"The ACT believes there are sufficient laws in place and we should, in fact, be focussing on improving animal welfare standards to ensure that the industry is well prepared for the change in customer expectation around animal husbandry."