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Ban Live Exports International Awareness Day

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International Awareness Day: 14th June 

On 14th June 2020, campaigners all over the world united for animals in the fifth annual Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day.

To every single person who tweeted, shared selfies, created signs, and found so many other creative ways to raise awareness: thank you. You are bringing us closer to a world without cruel live exports.

This year's day of action came at a crucial moment in the battle to ban UK live exports. Compassion in World Farming is involved in Judicial Review proceedings against the Scottish Government over the export of unweaned calves - so we mobilised you to urge the Scottish Government to drop their opposition to the case.

Here's what we achieved, together:

  • Over 103,000 #BanLiveExports tweets in 36 countries, viewed 31 million times.
  • Over 32,600 emails to the Scottish Government (and counting!) demanding #JusticeForCalves - all sent in just two weeks.
  • Almost 9,000 tweets demanding #JusticeForCalves, including 3,100 to the Scottish Government and thousands more from campaigners spreading the word.
  • 3,400 sign-ups for the virtual Facebook event
  • 1,650 views of the live exports Q&A with vet and Compassion supporter Emma Milne.
  • More than 1,000 selfies with the calf filter on Facebook and Instagram, viewed nearly 40,000 times.
  • Over 1,000 downloads of the shareable content, including posters, images and videos.
  • High profile support from a whole host of Compassion heroes, including Peter Egan, Emma Milne, Deborah Meaden, Joanna Lumley, James Greenwood, Marc Abraham, Jerome Flynn, Kate Ford, Mike Beckingham, Carley Stenson and Liz Earle.
  • National media coverage of our Judicial Review in The Guardian, The Independent, The Sunday Times, Closer magazine, The London Economic and more, taking our message to millions of readers.
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It's not too late to take a stand for calves - please, email the Scottish Government today to urge them to drop their defence of unlawful live calf exports. 

Thank you for being part of the global movement to Ban Live Exports - together, we can bring an end to this barbaric trade.

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