Australian animal rights group has charity status revoked

An animal rights group that published details of farms across Australia has had its charity status taken away.

Aussie Farms lost charity status after being investigated following complaints from the federal government.

Gary Johns, from the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission, who made the decision told The Guardian:

“Charities must stick to their purpose, and maintain their obligations under the ACNC Act, Charities Act and adhere to Governance Standards.”
“In taking compliance and enforcement action, the ACNC follows its Regulatory Approach Statement to ensure that matters are investigated properly, the appropriate compliance action is taken, and our regulatory action is proportionate to the problems we seek to address.”

Aussie Farms has commented following the decision.

Executive director Chris Delforce told ABC:

"We find it both extremely disappointing and concerning to have learned of this from an animal agriculture publication rather than from the ACNC themselves, and that the publication in question received advance notice of this decision last week,"

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