Protesters stop a truck outside Swickers meat processing factory in Kingaroy.
Protesters stop a truck outside Swickers meat processing factory in Kingaroy. Matt Collins

What a vegan activist has to say about our bacon festival

IT COMES as no surprise that a vegan activist isn't a big fan of Kingaroy's inaugural bacon festival.

While she did not come out swinging against BaconFest, saying she hadn't given it much thought, Amanda Holly from Brisbane Animal Save questioned why meat had to be the focus in such a rich agricultural region.

"This region is the navy bean capital of Australia, why can't they put together a festival around that?" she said.

Ms Holly organised a peaceful protest outside Swickers Bacon Factory in Kingaroy this morning.

She said the goal of the protest was to raise awareness of what goes on in the abattoirs.

"We want as many people as possible to see and understand what these animals are subjected to and hopefully it will get people thinking twice about eating meat," she said.

"I think people have a disconnect from the animals they see on the farms and in movies to what they eat off their dinner plate,"

"They tend to look the other way," Ms Holly said.

The protest was peaceful, even when they moved on to the road to stop a truck which was transporting pigs into the meat processing factory.

"We have an agreement with Swickers where we can stop the truck for no more than two minutes to check the condition of the animals," Ms Holly said.

As to whether she would be attending BaconFest in any capacity, Ms Holly said she hadn't decided yet.

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