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$440,000 Fines For Farm Trespassing By Animal Activists In Tough Crackdown

Activists who illegally enter farms will soon be slapped with fines of up to $440,000 as part of a suite of measures to crack down on so-called "attacks" on farms. 

In a major shake-up of the state's Biosecurity Act, the NSW government on Monday introduced a new offence that will see illegal trespassers handed a $1000 on-the-spot fine.

There will also be further fines of up to $220,000 for individuals and $440,000 for corporations.

The tightened laws, to come into effect on August 1, are part of a crackdown on activists and "vegan vigilantes" who have launched protests and stormed farming properties across the country in recent months.

Animal rights activists protest by chaining themselves to slaughterhouse equipment. Source: Facebook.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro said farming families have had a "gutful".

"Vigilantes who are entering our farmers' property illegally are nothing short of domestic terrorists," he said.

"[Our farmers] don't deserve, nor have time, to be dealing with illegal trespass and vile harassment from a bunch of virtue-signalling thugs."

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He said the new penalties -- the harshest in the country -- will "put these vigilantes on notice", adding the state government is looking into further legislation and potential jail time for offenders.

Police move in on animal rights protesters who had blocked the intersections of Flinders and Swanston Street, in Melbourne. PHOTO: AAP

The federal government is also expected to introduce and pass new penalties in the coming weeks to target the "online incitement of farm trespass".

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