"It is inconceivable to believe anyone has the right to invade anyone's private space."Bev McArthur
An on-the-spot fine for animal activists who trespass will not protect farmers, according to Member for Western Victoria Bev McArthur.
She was a member of the inquiry into the Impact of Animal Rights Activism on Victorian Agriculture panel.
"During the inquiry, we heard extraordinarily distressing evidence from farmers who had their lives and businesses disrupted by threatening invasions, sometimes by activists in balaclavas," Mrs McArthur said.
"To farmers, their farms are their homes, and it is inconceivable to believe anyone has the right to invade anyone's private space, including their business - which is their farm."
Mrs McArthur said the report produced by the Economy and Infrastructure Committee following the inquiry did not adequately deal with the issue the panel was asked to address.
"Western Victoria is home to some of the most productive farmers and agri-businesses in Australia," she said. "They need applause, not criticism."
Mrs McArthur said it was inconceivable that farmers could be disrupted by activists whose real agenda was to end the animal meat and fibre industry.