08 DEC 2017

Live exports from Dover and Ramsgate must end post-Brexit

The cruel trade of live animal exports at ports like Dover and Ramsgate should be ended as soon as the UK leaves the European Union. I asked Ministers to ensure that the slaughter of UK animals takes places in UK abattoirs, overseen by qualified vets.

I spoke out in the House of Commons on Thursday, December 7th. Environment Secretary Michael Gove confirmed the Government's approach to live exports could change after Brexit. He also praised my campaigning on live exports.

I asked: "Would my right honourable friend agree with me that the slaughter of UK animals should place in UK abattoirs overseen by appropriately qualified vets – and will he take steps to ensure that the evil and cruel trade of live animal exports is ended when we leave the European Union?"

Mr Gove said: "Can I commend my honourable friend on his campaigning on this issue and yes, as we leave the European Union there are opportunities, as he points out, to review and change the approach we take towards live exports and to ensure higher standards of animal welfare."

In the 1990s, up to 30 lorries of live animals travelled to Europe through the Port of Dover every day, according to Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE). Since 2013, live exports have moved to the Port of Ramsgate and there have been 33 lorries so far this year.


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