‘Grotesque’: Vegan screens slaughter videos at Esplanade
A VEGAN protester who screened "grotesque" videos of animal mutilations and slaughters on TV screens set up beside the Esplanade Lagoon which was full of families has argued his behaviour was not offensive.
David Radunz, 38, has pleaded not guilty to public nuisance over the January 12 incident where he set up two TV screens, including one which he wore around his neck, about 6.15pm.
Parts of the traumatic videos were shown in the Cairns Magistrates Court during his hearing on Wednesday which included cows and sheep being slaughtered in an abattoir.
Police prosecutor Acting Sgt Trevor Woodman said the full footage also included newborn chicks being "ground up" and animals being operated on in laboratories.
But Mr Radunz has argued the protest was free speech within the laws of the Human Rights Commission and any "tolerant person" would not be offended by it.
"They would understand it is the truth, it would not be offensive to them, it's simply the truth," he said.
The court heard from witness Jamie Jones who said he approached Mr Radunz and asked him to switch the videos off.
"It just put me off my food," he said.
"I like eating pig a lot. I love my bacon.
"I didn't like it at all. It got me really sick in the gut."
He said Mr Radunz refused to switch it off so he reported the incident to police who approached and arrested him.
Acting Sgt Woodman said CCTV footage of the area showed there were a large number of people in the area at the time who had no choice but to see the footage.
"Once you have seen the footage the harm is already done," he said.
"Do people want to know that?
"Is it offensive for those walking past two TV sets, perhaps before going to dinner, to see animals being slaughtered in this way?"
He used the examples of paid sex workers or late term abortions, which may be of interest to niche viewers such as clients or medical students, but not fit for wider public consumption.
Magistrate Kevin Priestly asked for both parties to put together written submissions and the case was adjourned until September 29.
Originally published as 'Grotesque': Vegan screens slaughter videos at Esplanade