Animal activist fined $3000 for West Pinjarra piggery trespass

Taryn Lorrette Wills outside Mandurah Magistrates Court.
Taryn Lorrette Wills outside Mandurah Magistrates Court.

AN animal activist received a $3000 fine for trespassing at GD Pork in West Pinjarra and holding a piglet.

Taryn Lorette Wills (30) pleaded guilty to without lawful excuse trespassed when she appeared in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Police prosecutor Tamara Read said Wills climbed a fence at the piggery on November 11 with a co-accused.

She said Wills held a piglet and the co-accused took photos.

Police found the photos during a search in Maylands and Wills was arrested at her Heathridge home.

Wills’ lawyer said the photos were not published and Wills was an activist concerned with animal welfare.

Activists receive hefty fines

He said Wills was horrified with what she saw in the piggery.

He said animal activists’ public protests were no different from protests for the right to vote or for gay marriage.

Wills had the shock of her life when the Counter Terrorism Squad raided her home.

The lawyer said Wills was unlikely to re-offend because her job as a nurse was too important to her.

Magistrate Anne Longden said Wills’ trespass was deliberate.

“You wanted to bring attention to what you believe were unfair conditions, but in fact you are endangering animals,” Ms Longden told Wills.

“You were breaching biosecurity protocols without any consideration for the business owners.”

Wills was granted a spent conviction.