Animal rights group did trespass at greyhound track

THE ANIMAL rights group that planted hidden cameras at a greyhound racing property just outside Ipswich admit they knowingly did so illegally.

Animal Liberation Queensland investigators snuck onto the property under the cover of darkness to place the cameras and so committed trespass.

Chay Neal, spokesperson for Animal Liberation Queensland, has stood by the organisation's actions saying its investigators acted in the public interest motivated by tip offs from community members and ex-industry identities.

But that detail has already led to a case being dropped against one of the trainers accused of serious animal cruelty, a charge that stemmed from videos captured at the Churchable property.

On Friday defence barrister for trainer Ian Hoggan, Sam Di Carlo successfully argued the tapes shouldn't be used against his client because they had been obtained through trespass.

In a separate case with a different judge the inclusion of the tapes has been allowed.

Mr Neal said investigators were aware there was a possibility the tapes would be considered inadmissible, but says there was no other way of getting that information out to the public.

"We'd argue that we did act appropriately," Mr Neal said.

"We would certainly be interested to see the matter taken to a higher court so we could establish clearly whether or not they are admissible.

"Of course we always hope in the public interest the video evidence would be accepted and allow prosecutions.

"But I guess there are always risks there."

Mr Neal said the group did not approach the police with information about their plans to place hidden cameras on the property.


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