International Awareness Day: 14 June
On 14 June 2021, campaigners all over the world will unite for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports.
Last year's story
In June 2020, for the first time, Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day went completely 'virtual', and thousands of campaigners reached out across countries and continents, making their voices heard despite the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 2020 day of action came at a crucial moment in the battle to ban UK live exports. Compassion in World Farming was involved in Judicial Review proceedings against the Scottish Government over the export of unweaned calves – and compassionate citizens in Scotland, across the UK, and beyond, united to urge the 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 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.
- Selfies with the calf filter on Facebook and Instagram were viewed nearly 40,000 times.
- 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.
Later in 2020, the Scottish Government called a halt to live calf exports via Ramsgate and, in their 2021 election manifesto, the SNP committed to a ban on live exports for slaughter and fattening.
The fight against UK live exports isn't over yet, but thank you to every single person who tweeted, shared selfies, created placards, and found so many other creative ways to raise awareness. You have helped to bring us closer to a world without cruel live exports.
For more information and resources, please visit stoplivetransport.org.