You may or may not be aware that an organisation called “Aussie Farms” have published an interactive map, that is available on their web page, and is being rapidly distributed via social media, specifically Facebook. This information has been gathered over the last seven years, and includes anything relating to animals, including pet fish.
This map was launched with the following quote.
“This map, linked with the Aussie Farms Repository, is an effort to force transparency on an industry dependent on secrecy. We believe in freedom of information as a powerful tool in the fight against animal abuse and exploitation.”
This site also encourages anyone to update, and add any details, regardless of accuracy or privacy.
“If you find a facility that hasn’t been marked, you can login, right-click the facility on the map and choose to submit it for approval. You can also submit information about any facility already marked, and upload photos, videos and documents relating to that facility.”
There are filters to select Greyhound facilities and have already listed 216 (last checked) properties.
Who is Aussie Farms?
This is an animal activist group that is based in NSW, and is supposedly headed by “Mr. Chris Delforce. A number for him has been circulated around social media, however the QGBOTA is unsure of its accuracy.
There are new laws in Australia to protect against social media bullying, harassment, including illegally divulging of personal information without consent.
The QGBOTA would encourage all members to see if their private property is listed and if so, lodge a complaint with your local police station.
The Queensland Information Privacy Act 2009 (the Act) provides a right for individuals to have their personal information collected and handled in accordance with certain rules or ‘privacy principles’.
The privacy principles only apply to Queensland Government agencies. The Act does not cover actions by individual citizens, privacy sector organisations or the community sector. Organisations with an annual turnover of more than $3 million dollars and private sector health service providers are subject to the Commonwealth privacy legislation.
Participants have long accepted that their name and suburb is published in every race book, betting agency, statistical website (the dogs) and any other entity relating to racing animals.
Aussie Farms have used this suburb information, with Google Maps to search for any circles, bullrings, suspected kennel blocks, and running yards to identify properties.
Racing Queensland currently have the policy that you automatically agree that they can distribute information as a Greyhound Licensed Participant in Queensland. What you can do is write to RQ and state that you withdraw all permissions for RQ to pass any personal information (including your Suburb) onto any third party.
What else can be done
The Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party – QLD have issued the following statement to the QGBOTA “we are currently formulating a policy in regards to the animal activists and their criminal misbehaviour”