A horse breeder from central west, NSW has been placed on a map that implies his business is involved in animal cruelty, but he says that idea couldn’t be further from the truth.
Aussie Farms launched the interactive map last month and described it as “a comprehensive, interactive map of factory farms, slaughterhouses and other animal exploitation facilities across Australia...”
The map also allows people to “submit information about facilities and upload photos, videos and documents relating to that facility.”
Many farmers that the Western Magazine have spoken to are hurt people would think they are involved with animal cruelty.
Mr Tony Dumesny said just because he breeds horses, it in no way means he his neglecting, or is cruel to his animals.
“If you do the wrong thing to your animals you won’t survive in the industry,” Mr Dumesny said. “They (Aussie Farms) have got it twisted.”
Mr Dumesny said he wasn’t overly worried because about being on the map, because what Aussie Farms is doing was wrong.
He said if he didn’t love his horses he wouldn’t be in the business.
“We’re not in it for the money, we’re in it because we love them, the industry and the people in it,” Mr Dumesny said.
He said the map just entices trouble.
“People are under a lot of stress… you don’t know what might trigger someone,” Mr Dumesny said.
He is hopeful the Australian government will take down the map.
Many farmers have expressed their concern for what the map implies and says it may encourage illegal trespassing on their properties.
Mr Dumesny agrees with these views.
“I think that’s what they (Aussie Farms) want,” he said of illegal trespassing.
Mr Dumesny has been in a drought for approximately a year ans said while there are well fed horses in the paddocks, there was nothing stopping illegal trespassers from taking a photo of a smaller horse and uploading it to the map to imply neglect.
‘They don’t quite tell the truth,” Mr Dumesny said. “They’re going to try and get every farmer on there.”
Mr Dumesny said most people in rural areas know that this map is “rotten” but for the four million or so people that live in Sydney and have never set foot on a farm before think Aussie Farms are telling the truth.