Why do we need these laws?
Recently in other states, animal rights activitsts have escalated their protest activities by trespassing on farming properties - attempting to highlight potential animal cruelty, and in some cases, removing animals from properties and causing additional damage.
While South Australia has encountered low levels of organised protest activity compared with other states, strengthening the laws and creating stronger deterrents is crucial to protect the farming community.
Our agricultural and food production industry is one of the largest contributors to South Australia's economy and it's important there are adequate legal protections for these businesses.
Currently, South Australia's trespassing provisions relate to any premises and don't adequately cover additional biosecurity and food contamination risks likely to occur on farms.
Amending our legislation will also bring us in line with other states around the country. In June, Attorneys-General from across Australia met in Adelaide and agreed to address this in their own jurisdictions.