Compassion has projected powerful images and messages regarding live exports onto the iconic White Cliffs of Dover in order to draw attention to the trade. The images were a potent reminder of the cruel trade that passes through the port.
As well as projecting onto the cliffs of Dover, images were also projected onto a derelict hotel by the Dover docks. Supporters from local groups KAALE (Kent Action Against Live Exports) and TALE (Thanet Against Live Exports) joined Compassion to hold a vigil. Supporters lit up the area by bringing candles and lanterns with them.
Compassion believes Dover to be the only English port currently used for the shipment of live sheep and calves for fattening and slaughter on the continent.
The images we projected on Dover’s iconic White Cliffs provide a sad reminder that Dover is associated in the minds of many with the cruel live exports trade.
I am sure the people of the town, just like the majority of Britons, do not want this trade to continue.
They can join us in calling on the government to change the law so animals are not considered simply goods and ports like Dover can decide whether they want to take live exports for slaughter or not.
Dil Peeling, Compassion’s Director of Campaigns
Compassion’s investigations into the live export trade over the summer, raised questions over whether drivers transporting live animals from the UK are breaking EU rules on driving hours.
We are making a complaint to the authorities on the drivers witnessed potentially breaking the law.