Ramsgate: ‘All live animal export vehicles will be inspected after Government review’

Posted on March 4, 2013

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Today (4th March), a news item was posted on thisiskent.co.uk titled ‘All live animal export vehicles will be inspected after Government review’.

‘… ALL live animal exports transporter vehicles at the Port of Ramsgate will now be inspected after a Government review.

Previously, the AHVLA (Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency) only inspected half of the vehicles. But after 47 sheep died at the port in September last year before a sailing, the authority will now inspect all vehicles after carrying out its own investigation.

The AHVLA will also implement its own contingency plans in case of emergency, ensure that an AHVLA vet is no longer than an hour away from the port, work closely with transporters to ensure there is no repeat of the September 2012 incident, and maintain clear records of journey logs made by transporters.

Independent councillor Ian Driver, a vocal campaigner against animal exports from Ramsgate, said: “This is a victory for people power in Thanet. If it wasn’t for organisations like Thanet Against Live Exports and Kent Action Against Live Exports then this review would not have even been considered …

“I am delighted that there will be changes to the way that checks are carried out at the port. While I am still thoroughly against this barbaric trade, it is a step in the right direction.” …

Laura Sandys MP said:“I very much welcome this report, especially as it has adopted many on the recommendations I made to the Minister last September, including properly inspecting every consignment passing through Ramsgate, tougher enforcement of welfare procedures and developing new emergency contingency measures.”

“Of course, I will continue to closely monitor the situation at Ramsgate. While I am very happy to see DEFRA taking robust action, I will be making sure that procedural changes outlined in the report are properly implemented and enforced. I still want to see the live animal exports trade banned and I will continue to campaign hard on this issue in order to achieve that.” …’

Read the item in full and add your comment online at www.thisiskent.co.uk/live-animal-export-vehicles-inspected-Government/story-18315022-detail/story.html#axzz2Mbnn9xEj

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