Britain: ‘Clash over future of livestock exports’

Posted on December 2, 2012


Today (2nd December), an item was posted on the Farmers Weekly web-site titled ‘Clash over future of livestock exports’.

‘… Farm leaders and animal welfare campaigners have clashed over the future of Britain’s livestock export trade.

It comes after Thanet District Council abandoned its bid to ban animal exports from the port of Ramsgate in Kent.

Pressure group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said it was “deeply disappointed” that the local authority had dropped its attempt to suspend livestock exports from the port.

The animal welfare charity said it was urging the British government to step in and take immediate national action to end the trade.

Thanet District Council announced it is dropping its suspension of live exports from the port of Ramsgate on legal advice.

The council had faced a judicial review of its decision in mid-December, which it is asking exporters to drop in response to its decision.

CIWF spokesman Dil Peeling said: “It is clear this needs a solution at the national level and we are urging the government to do the right thing and stop live exports for slaughter from this country.

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“Animals should be fattened and slaughtered as close as possible to the place where they are born or reared, not put through the gruelling misery of long, stressful journeys before their deaths.

In the case of Ramsgate, calves are going from as far as Cumbria to Spain.

This puts a huge strain on them and they face the added burden of being raised as veal in systems that might very well be illegal in the UK.”

But the NFU said safeguarding the welfare of animals during transport was a top priority for hauliers and farmers.

NFU chief livestock adviser Peter Garbutt said: “The NFU has consistently said that moving live animals throughout Europe is a legitimate and lawful activity and it is reassuring that these latest developments bear this out.

The NFU had long called for current controls to be rigorously enforced across the EU.

“Most farm animals are transported at some stage during their lives for breeding purposes or for further rearing.

“The key issue is that these animals are transported under the right conditions in order that they arrive at their destination fit and healthy.

“Journeys over eight hours or between EU member states make up a very small but important minority of all movements and these take place using specially designed vehicles.”

Livestock exports were subject to comprehensive legislative controls, said Mr Garbutt …’

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[Vegans say abandon the exploitation, abuse and slaughter of all animals, and abandon the production and consumption of all animal products.]


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