Yesterday (12th June), Scottish protesters joined leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming to raise awareness of the horrific conditions involved in the long distance transport of farm animals.
Activists and speakers, including MSPs Colin Smyth and Alison Johnstone, gathered outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh to welcome the arrival of a lorry displaying the slogan ‘Trucking Hell’. The symbolic vehicle then set out on a journey replicating the 468-mile route to Ramsgate endured by young calves exported from the UK.
Every year, thousands of British farm animals face long and gruelling journeys overseas for fattening or slaughter. Forced to travel for hundreds, sometimes thousands, of miles, animals routinely experience pain, stress, overcrowding, exhaustion and dehydration. Some even die in these horrific conditions.
Unweaned calves, just a few weeks old, are regularly transported from Scotland to Spain via Ramsgate. A recent undercover investigation released by Compassion revealed the horrific suffering these animals are subjected to.
“Our truck is helping to highlight these awful journeys and show the public how urgently we need to end what quite literally is ‘Trucking Hell’ for thousands of British farm animals,” said Sophie Peutrill, Campaigns Officer at Compassion in World Farming.
“It’s time for the Government to take action and enforce a UK-wide ban on live exports for slaughter and further fattening.”
Events are being held across the world on 14th June, the official Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day, to demonstrate opposition to this cruel and unnecessary trade. Many famous faces are supporting the campaign, including Downton Abbey actor and animal activist Peter Egan, who said: “Too many animals have been forced to suffer these intolerable journeys for too long and urgent action must be taken now to stop this cruel, outdated trade. Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day is an opportunity for us to be a voice for change. It’s time to #StopLiveTransport.”
To find out more about Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day visit stoplivetransport.org
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