The Australian government is trying to push through legislation that would allow companies who are adversly affected by consumer boycotts to sue those who promote said boycott.
For example, if the Human Battery Cage persuades enough people to buy free range eggs, and factory farms that utilise battery cages lose profits, the activists can be taken to court.
The only other examples I can think of are vegan, fair-trade, or environmentally-based. Many of these movements rely on consumer-based activism. I thought that was sort of the point of capitalism--suppliers need to produce products that are high in demand, even if that means they are ethically produced.
Shane, from the Human Battery Cage crew, sent me this:
Please write to the Senate Economics Committee (SEC) registering yourAussie vegans, I know it's short notice, but if you can whip together something, anything, send it on to the Senate Ethics Committee. I think legislation like this is just ridiculous.
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