Posted October 14, 2018 12:13:47A South Australian animal rights activist has been found guilty of animal cruelty for putting up a fake sign on a train with a picture of an animal crossing the tracks and threatening to kill the animal if it was not his own.
Key points:A man posted a fake train crossing sign on Facebook to protest against the animal cruelty lawsAnimal rights activist Michael Troughton was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonmentHe was also fined $3,000 and ordered to complete 30 hours of community serviceAnimal rights activists have previously made headlines for their stunts to protest at state and federal animal cruelty policies and laws.
In November, the South Australian Parliament passed a bill to outlaw animal cruelty, including killing and harming animals.
Michael Troughson was convicted of putting up the sign on November 29, 2017.
The signs have been displayed at stations in the Adelaide and Port Augusta areas since.
The court heard that Troughtons Facebook page and Twitter account were used to post the signs.
Mr Troughts lawyer said it was an isolated incident and his client had not been involved in any animal cruelty.
He told the court that his client would plead not guilty.
He said the sign had not come from him and he had not had any contact with Mr Troughtons family or anyone associated with him.
Mr Justice Tague said he was satisfied that Mr Toughton had not posted the sign as part of a campaign against animal cruelty and was satisfied by his submission that he was not in a position to take any action.
He did not find that Mr Trump was guilty of the offence.
Justice Tague sentenced Troughs family to nine-month imprisonment for animal cruelty offences.
The judge said the sentence would have an impact on Mr Trump’s ability to continue to practise in South Australia.
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