Every year millions of farm animals including calves and sheep are transported all over Europe for further fattening and slaughter. Many suffer from stress, exhaustion, thirst and rough handling.
The port of Dover is the main English ferry port to facilitate this trade, yet they lack appropriate facilities or inspections. Animals are often crammed into trucks on UK roads for hours before being loaded onto an unsuitable ferry originally built as a river tank carrier. Animals as young as two weeks old are forced to endure this gruelling journey, before heading for conditions illegal in this country.
This is unacceptable! Join our campaign to end this vile trade.
We want to see:
- An end to long-distance transport of live animals in favour of a ‘carcass-only’ trade
- A maximum eight-hour journey time for all animals travelling for slaughter or 'further fattening' across the EU
- Amendments to existing legislation that allow ports to refuse the cruel trade in live animals
- While the trade continues, for the full costs of veterinary and Animal Health regulatory inspections as well as lairage and emergency facilities to be borne by the hauliers, rather than by the taxpayer.
What we're doing
Although we do not support the trade in live animals, while it goes on the RSPCA will ensure that current laws are upheld and enforcement agencies properly minimise the suffering of the animals. We are also campaigning to bring about an end to this cruel and unnecessary trade in live farm animals.
What can I do?
Join us in our fight to end this cruel trade, we can not allow any more animals to suffer and die this way. Take action for animals now using the button below!