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.
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 European Commission now >>
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 now >>
Shut Down Beirut Public Slaughterhouse
Our Investigation Unit uncovered unimaginable cruelty at Beirut Public Slaughterhouse in Karantina. This is one of the places animals can end up when they are exported live from the EU. Call on the Lebanese Agriculture Minister to demand closure until the slaughterhouse can be refurbished and its staff retrained.
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Act now to stop the live export of animals from the EU
Shocking footage of EU animals being exported to countries outside the EU has been uncovered by Compassion in World Farming, Eyes on Animals and the Animal Welfare Foundation. Please email the EU Commission to stop the trade.
Email Commissioner Borg now >>
Help Stop Live Animal Exports from Dover
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.
1. 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! >>
2. We took over the White Cliffs of Dover. Lend your voice too.
Write to the new Agriculture Minister, George Eustice, and make sure he uses his new powers to stop live exports.
Write to George Eustice >>
3. Write to Defra
Please send a message to Defra asking them to permanently halt live animal exports from Dover and show the Government just how many people oppose live exports.
Write to Defra >>
Other actions to help end the long distance transport of animals.
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?