RESPONSE TO RELEASE OF AUSSIE FARMS MAP

RESPONSE TO RELEASE OF AUSSIE FARMS MAP

25/01/2019
GRNSW News

Earlier this week, an animal rights charity, Aussie Farms released an interactive map listing locations of hundreds of Australian farms, slaughterhouses and other facilities in an unprecedented and deeply concerning move purportedly in the name of animal welfare.  The Map was launched publically in January 2019 across social media and is linked with the Aussie Farms Repository.  Included in the details released by Aussie Farms were the addresses and other details of approximately 220 facilities across Australia associated with greyhound racing. 

GRNSW considers the actions of Aussie Farms to be irresponsible and is concerned about potential privacy breaches which may result in risks to the health and safety of greyhounds and participants of the greyhounds racing industry in NSW.  GRNSW is committed to ensuring the best welfare outcomes of greyhounds, which is not assisted by this irresponsible release of sensitive information.  GRNSW encourages industry participants affected by Aussie Farms’ actions to consider taking some or all of the steps detailed below:

What can you do?

  1. Check if your greyhound facility or property is affected

    Firstly, you can check if your greyhound racing property or facility is listed on the Repository  or Map.

  2. Directly request Aussie Farms to remove your details

    If your facility has been affected, you can request that Aussie Farms remove your details by using the Aussie Farms’ online form.

  3. Make a formal complaint to the:
    1. Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC)

      The OAIC is responsible for privacy functions that are conferred by the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and other laws.  

      Under the Privacy Act, a person can make a formal complaint to the OAIC about the handling of their personal information (such as addresses).

    2. Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC)

Aussie Farms currently operates as an animal rights charity.  A charity must operate for a charitable purpose which is for the public benefit.  However, in GRNSW’s view, the actions of Aussie Farms demonstrate that it is operating to undermine legitimate farming, agriculture and racing industry interests in Australia. 

Irrespective of whether your greyhound racing property or facility has been affected by the campaign, if you disagree with the conduct of Aussie Farms, you can make a formal complaint to the ACNC asking that it revoke the charitable status of Aussie Farms.

Please contact us for more information or if you would like further assistance.