NEWS  RELEASE

NR30-03

 

Friday, 5 September 2003

 

Compassion in World Farming Limited

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Resumption of Live Exports Incites Protest at Dover this Saturday

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) is organising a protest in Dover this Saturday, 6th September, at the Eastern Docks between 12:00 and 17:00. The first shipment of live lambs since January was made from Dover this week.

Marie-Claire Davies, CIWF Campaigns Officer, said “It is disgraceful that Dover is once again tarred as an inhumane port for resuming the trade in live lambs. It is even more disgraceful that these animals were shipped from Dover after being rejected for shipment from Berwick-upon-Tweed. We are calling on the Dover harbour master to act like his colleague in Berwick-upon-Tweed and ban all future live exports”.

CIWF has been campaigning for over 30 years to reduce the live animal transport trade, preferring to see a trade in meat across the EU. Last month the European Commission proposed new transport directives which will create some significant welfare improvements, but will not restrict transport to an eight hour maximum.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

·        A media briefing covering the major issues with the live transport of animals is available from the CIWF press office.

·        For betacam footage or photographs of the investigations contact CIWF's press office on 01730 233 904 or 07771 926 005 (mobile). Out of office hours call 07771 926 005.