News: First anniversary of witness to live exports from Ramsgate
As RSPCA officers yet again watch in frustration as lorry loads of sheep are driven onto the Jolene for their horrific journey across the Channel, we look back on the past twelve months of this vile trade. Read the full story here
News: Our disappointment at judicial review refusal
We have vowed to keep fighting to see an end to the live export of animals after a high court judge backed an earlier decision not to allow a judicial review into the regulation of the trade, following a hearing in London on 21 March. Read the full story here.
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Every year millions of animals including calves, sheep, dogs and horses are transported all over the EU.
Since the live export trade from Ramsgate re-opened in 2011 many thousands of animals including calves, sheep and horses have suffered being shipped overseas through its port. We're monitoring the trade from Ramsgate and have concerns on the boat being used. We're urging the government not to issue licenses if there are concerns that transport times laid down in law will be broken.
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
Since the beginning of 2012, RSPCA inspectors have been monitoring the port of Ramsgate for breaches in animal welfare. While we do not support the trade in live animald from Ramsgate, while it does go on, the RSPCA will be there to ensure that current laws are upheld and enforcement agencies carry out their jobs properly minimising the suffering of those animals unfortunate enough to have found themselves in that position.Since February, the RSPCA have issued formal animal welfare warning notices for breaches in welfare by hauliers.
Animals suffer during long distance live transport. These calves and sheep have often been crammed into trucks on UK roads for hours before facing a grueling channel crossing of up to another 6 hours before heading for conditions illegal in this country.
What can I do?
Join us in our fight to end this wretched trade, we can not allow any more animals to suffer and die this way. Take action for animals now using the button below!