The long distance transport of animals results in suffering and poor welfare conditions, regardless of where those animals are going to or from. Compassion in World Farming believes that all animals should be slaughtered or fattened as near as possible to home, and that all long distance live transport should stop and be replaced with a carcass only trade. Please help us end the long distance transport of animals by taking some of the actions below.
Help stop the live export of animals from the EU
Tell the European Commission they must do all they can to stop the suffering of exported livestock
When EU animals are exported they are no longer protected by EU law. The Commission must stop this trade. And, until such a time as the exports stop, they must do all they can to improve the standards of slaughter these animals endure after export.Email the EU Commission
Tell EU Agriculture Ministers they must help non-EU countries improve animal welfare
If EU animals are to be exported to countries where they are not protected by EU law, those Member States must provide practical support to improve welfare standards in destination countries.Email EU Agriculture Ministers
Between January 2011 and December 2012, over 130,000 animals left Britain, destined for further fattening and slaughter on the continent. Exports were temporarily suspended from Ramsgate port following an animal welfare disaster in September 2012 but, after a brief resumption of the trade from Ramsgate, we fear the trade may now begin to grow again following a move back to the port of Dover in early May 2013.
Email your MP
Compassion Patron Joanna Lumley has spoken out against the government’s excuses to avoid tackling the live export trade.Email your MP today and explain why inaction is not an option!
Other actions to help end the long distance transport of animals
- Sign up for campaign updates from us.
- Become a friend of Compassion's Facebook page.
- Like the Facebook page of Stop Live Exports from the Port of Ramsgate, run by Ian Driver, the local councillor who is a driving force in the campaign to end live exports through the port of Ramsgate.
- Support Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) by attending their demos at Dover Port when live animal exports take place. If you would like further information about when live animal exports are leaving Dover, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mobile telephone number and ask for your details to be added to their list of people who receive text message alerts.
Please note: Compassion supports legal non-violent protest against live exports. Since we oppose violence to animals, we also oppose violence, intimidation and abuse towards people during any protest. We would additionally recommend that noise levels are kept low in the presence of animal trucks – the animals are suffering enough stress already.
What else can be done?
- Sign up to the blog of Compassion's Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery.
- Only buy organic milk and dairy products from suppliers that have a policy against the live export of calves and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- Learn more about live animal transport and live animal export by reading reports by Compassion.
- Reduce the need for calf exports. If you buy veal, buy British veal.
- Donate to Compassion in World Farming and help support our campaigns.
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Live exports from the EU
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Global live animal transport trade
Millions of live farm animals are transported thousands of miles around the world in often appalling conditions.