A vegan activist from the Direct Action Everywhere campaign group was accused of stealing a calf worth $1,000 and a dead piglet.
James Warden claimed he was starved in jail where he spent 48 hours as there were no vegan options.
The 25-year-old has been charged with two counts each of stealing and aggravated burglary and three counts of trespassing.
He was fined for trespassing and live streaming his actions on social media. The activist was remanded in custody after not having enough money to cover bail.
Warden has now claimed that he was starved for two days during his stay behind bars as Hakea Prison in Perth, Australia does not have vegan options.
Speaking to 7NEWS, the 25-year-old said: “Some of them just said ‘go and eat some meat’ and that kind of thing.
“The experience I had was nowhere near as bad as what animals are going through – they are suffering daily, and I only had to put up with 48 hours in custody.”
It is believed that he has many co-accused, with officers saying that his crimes occurred between August and February at different properties.
According to News.com.au, the stolen calf was taken to an animal rescue farm before it was returned to its owners.
Magistrate Joe Randazzo said Warden had a strong prosecution case and ruled that his bail conditions should include a $7,150 personal undertaking and $3,500 surely.
Warden must report to police every week, stay away from farms, and he cannot possess a passport.
“You are dicing with your freedom,” Mr. Randazzo warned Warden.
Even though he already knew how it was like to stay behind bars, he said he will continue to advocate for animals. “I think it’s important for society to make change and start recognizing animal ethics.”
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