By Alana Mazzoni For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 04:05 BST, 10 April 2019 | Updated: 04:31 BST, 10 April 2019
Vegan activists who post the personal details of farmers and their properties online could face a year behind bars under new laws proposed by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Morrison has promised to introduce punishments of up to 12 months in jail for people who make it easier for vegan activists to trespass onto farms and abattoirs.
Activist group 'Aussie Farms' is under fire after they publicly posted a map and personal details of farms across the country -inciting vegan protests.
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Protesters chained themselves to vehicles in Melbourne's central city, bringing peak hour traffic to a halt on Monday morning
A number of people also chained themselves to the vehicles that were draped in black and emblazoned with the web address of a vegan film documentary
The interactive map lists the location of hundreds of rural properties - including livestock farms, meat-works and dairies.
'They are being targeted in the most mercenary way by an organisation that can only think of itself and not think of the real damage that is being done to the livelihoods of these hard-working Australians,' Mr Morrison said on Wednesday.
He promised to introduce laws banning people from inciting criminal activity against farmers, with jail terms up to 12 months.
More details of the proposed laws will be announced later today by Attorney General Christian Porter.