May 2, 2009

NSW and Queensland police have raided the offices of the animal welfare group Animal Liberation in Sydney, seizing documents and computer files in the latest development in a prolonged war over the slaughter of kangaroos and their export for human consumption.

Animal Liberation chief executive Mark Pearson said the warrant specified allegations that members of the group had willfully contaminated carcasses for the purposes of causing "public alarm or loss", and of breaking into a house for the purposes of committing a serious, indictable offence.

The allegations, which the group denied, were that group members in NSW and Queensland had set about entering kangaroo chillers — containers in which carcasses are dumped after killing and kept cool before removal to processing centres — and had placed contaminated material in them to produce adverse quality test results.


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