The shame of the worldwide live transport trade
Please note this contains some distressing scenes from the outset
This shocking new film, produced by Animals Australia, highlights the immense suffering surrounding the global trade in live animals. It shows the horrific conditions and distress that the animals endure whilst being transported long distances, and the inhumane treatment they face at slaughter.
The long distance transport of animals results in suffering and poor welfare conditions, regardless of where those animals are going to or from. Compassion in World Farming believes that all animals should be slaughtered or fattened as near as possible to home, and that all long distance live transport should stop and be replaced with a carcass only trade. Please help us end the long distance transport of animals by taking some of the actions below.
Help stop Europe’s cruel live export trade
Stop the Trucks
Ask European governments to improve animal transport law
Following calls for improvements to animal transport law by the governments of Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, a Europe-wide coalition has joined together to Stop the Trucks. We're calling on the governments of the remaining EU Member States to join the call for changes to European law on animal welfare during transport. Please add your voiceSIGN THE PETITION
Tell European Commissioners to act and stop exports from the EU to non-EU countries
When EU animals are exported to countries outside the EU, anything can happen to them. They can end up exported to volatile war-zones and face brutal slaughter. The EU must take responsibility for these animals.Take action
Were you part of our global Day of Action?
Check out the events that took place in 30+ countries on our Day of Action site at www.NotFreight.org.
Other actions to help end the long distance transport of animals
- We're supporting the call for the UK Government to end #LiveExports as soon as the UK exits the EU. Sign the petition here.
- Sign up for campaign updates from us.
- Become a friend of Compassion's Facebook page.
- Like the Facebook page of Stop Live Exports from the Port of Ramsgate, run by Ian Driver, the local councillor who is a driving force in the campaign to end live exports through the port of Ramsgate, and Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE). KAALE and its supporters are at the Port of Ramsgate to witness every live exports sailing. If you would like further information about when live animal exports are leaving Ramsgate, please email email@example.com with your name and mobile telephone number and ask for your details to be added to their list of people who receive text message alerts.
- KAALE also hold demos at the Port of Dover on the first Saturday of every month. They post the details on their website. Animals exported live from Britain were sent through Dover for many years before the exporters switched to Ramsgate. If you can, please go along and show your support. Their newsline is 01304 204688 and you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note: Compassion supports legal non-violent protest against live exports. Since we oppose violence to animals, we also oppose violence, intimidation and abuse towards people during any protest. We would additionally recommend that noise levels are kept low in the presence of animal trucks – the animals are suffering enough stress already.
What else can be done?
- Sign up to the blog of Compassion's Chief Executive, Philip Lymbery.
- Only buy organic milk and dairy products from suppliers that have a policy against the live export of calves and encourage your friends and family to do the same.
- Learn more about live animal transport and live animal export by reading reports by Compassion.
- Reduce the need for calf exports. If you buy veal, buy British veal.
- Donate to Compassion in World Farming and help support our campaigns.
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