NINE animal activists have been cut from equipment and charged after they chained themselves to a conveyor inside an abattoir at Goulburn, NSW.

It is alleged three men and six women, aged between 21 and 61, entered the abattoir on Mazamat Road about 2.30am this morning.

Police arrived at about 4am, after the owner asked the activists to leave and they allegedly refused.

All nine activists were taken to Goulburn Police Station and charged with entering enclosed lands, interfering with the conduct of business and hindering police.

After a two-hour standoff a Carey Brothers representative agreed to their demands to free three sheep, the Warwick Daily News reported.

Victoria police are dealing with a large protest which has shut down a major intersection in Melbourne’s CBD, as well as protests at Bacchus Marsh, Laverton North, Pakenham and Corio.

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It comes just a day after Gippy Goat Cafe in Gippsland closed, with the owners blaming “constant harassment” by “abusive vegan activists”.

The Weekly Times recently revealed an activist was fined just $1 for breaking biosecurity laws after stealing livestock from the Gippsland farm.

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