MONDAY April 8
Animal rights activists have launched protests across the country, with a group of about 20 people halting traffic at Melbourne’s busiest intersection.
Police have begun arresting protesters who chained themselves to vans blocking the intersection of Flinders and Swanston streets, disrupting 11 tram routes.
20 people have reportedly chained themselves to equipment at an abattoir near Warwick, while others have infiltrated abattoirs in Goulburn, New South Wales and Laverton in Melbourne.
In Warwick, dairy farmers reported that they were also confronted by activists outside their property at 6:30am after they had left an earlier demonstration at an abattoir at Yangan.
Freestone farmer, Jason Christensen said five or six cars pulled up on the corner where they had a herd of heifers.
“We had about three heifers, they got out on the road, I don’t know how they got out on the road. When we tried to get them to put them back in they were standing in the way,” Mr Christensen said.
“The heifers were scared and didn’t know what to do … one tried to jump in through the fence.”
The Queensland Government announced yesterday that animal activists who invaded farms would face on-the-spot fines, under tough new regulations to avoid any risks to biosecurity.
The protests have been organised to mark the one-year anniversary of the release of the documentary Dominion, which showcases the practices employed daily on Australian livestock farms.
In Sydney’s east, a manhunt is underway after a convicted murderer out on parole managed to remove his monitoring anklet while receiving medical treatment.
Damien Anthony Peters, 50, pleaded guilty to murdering and dismembering two of his male lovers in 2001.
Eight months later, Peters stabbed 57- year- old Bevan James Frost to death before cutting up his body.
Peters was jailed for 21 years with a non-parole period of 13 years, in 2002– he had been on parole since November 2016.
He was last seen at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick around 4:15pm yesterday afternoon where police were immediately informed when he went missing.
The killer’s monitoring anklet was found four hours later in Kensington where police said it was forcibly removed.
Police stated they were following several leads from people who called in with information about the escaped murderer.
He has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175 to 185 centimetres tall, with a muscular build and short brown hair.
Police are urging people not to approach him and ring triple-zero if he is sighted.
A group of women who underwent mastectomies following breast cancer are considering legal action after a brand of implants that they had reconstructions with have been linked to a rare type of lymphoma.
Recent research has shown that the risk of developing cancer with highly textured implants was about 1 in 2,800. There are more than 13,300 breast implant procedures in Australia each year, mostly performed for cosmetic reasons.
The safety of medical implants has been a concern after the ABC and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed women around the world were suffering significant health problems after regulators failed to detect the threat from receiving textured breast implants.
As a result the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has called an emergency meeting to decide whether to follow the lead of French regulators who decided to ban textured breast implants.
The meeting will consider whether the risk of developing Breast-Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma, or BIA ALCL warrants a total ban on textured implants.
Australian women are more likely to be affected as doctors here are much more likely to use textured implants rather than smooth implants.
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