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Victory in fight to ban live exports

News Section Icon Published 03/12/2020

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Today (3rd December), the Environment Secretary has announced plans to ban live exports following Britain’s departure from the EU. This ban is dependent upon the result of an eight-week consultation, beginning today, which seeks views on ending the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening where the journeys begin or transit through England or Wales.

At Long Last

Due to this awful trade, animals must endure excessively long journeys, and frequently experience pain, exhaustion, stress and overcrowding. Having campaigned to put an end to this suffering for over 50 years, we are delighted to hear that the Government plans to ban live exports at long last. Echoing our sentiments exactly, George Eustice, Defra Secretary of State, called the trade a “cruel and unnecessary practice”, in a press release on the announcement.

Inhumane and Archaic

“Compassion in World Farming is delighted that Defra plans to ban live exports for slaughter and fattening,” says Peter Stevenson, our Chief Policy Advisor. “We have campaigned for over 50 years against the massive suffering caused by this inhumane, archaic trade, so this unambiguous proposal is very welcome.”

What's next?

There has been enough delay – this consultation needs to be the final step in bringing this cruel trade to an end. Help us put a stop to live exports for once and for all by adding your voice to our submission to the consultation.


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