Live Exports

"..please spare our livelihoods by funding and developing a market for slaughtered carcases. 
Then I will come down to Dover and stand in front of the lorries. 
We are fed up with the anti farmer propaganda
and unnecessary spin to kill off our industry.... "

Time and time again, it is irresponsible hauliers that make farmers feel the
victims.  ALL the costs of transport and complying with the regulations are
deducted from the farmers share/income.  Never do the dealers, hauliers,
meat packers or supermarkets allow their profits to be eroded.

Most of you guys would like to see farmers banned from transporting their
animals for one hour on a ferry so I'm probably walking in shark infested
waters here (as I do!). But I don't think that is the issue, which I
understand is more to do with the way the animals are treated after they
reach Calais.  If I farmed in Holland, my sheep could travel for thousands
of miles without any border checks so we are being discriminated against
compared to our EU farmer competitors - if we ban this trade.  Personally I
agree with you guys that the animals should be slaughtered first but the
market is for live animals unless the EU rules that animals must be
slaughtered before leaving EVERY EU country.  I don't need to go on but you
know where I am coming from and the more I say the more you will jump on
something I have said.

But as a UK farmer, we are being discriminated against left, right and
centre by UNFAIR trade from the rest of the EU - from contries that are
taking British taxpayers money to subsidise their farmers AND giving
discretioary subsidies over and above what the UK can provide.  And then we
are expected to compete in a Single Market - which we can't.

So what I am saying is please spare our livelihoods by funding and
developing a market for slaughtered carcases.  Then I will come down to
Dover and stand in front of the lorries.  We are fed up with the anti farmer
propaganda and unnecessary spin to kill off our industry when all we have
done is take Government (FREE) advice over the years to "get up to date,
expand and become efficient".

Also as a farmer, I am finding some of DEFRA's regulations very hard to cope
with some being seen as unnecessary or part of the campaign to rid the UK of
farmers.  I have to compare this type of story with the Government's total
lack of biosecurity with regard meat and bush meat imports.  We have two
sniffer dogs at Heathrow (meat doesn't come in anywhere else!) to check 49%
of the food for 55 million people and Australia has 82 dogs for a population
of 15 million people.  Also I think they check meat and/or animals
travelling from State to State.

We also feel that we are not the culprits when compared to stories of 15,000
sheep that died on a boat from Australia to Japan or some such place.  Also
we hear that they loose 3000 - 6000 regularly and just dump them in the sea.
Such abysmal care of animals makes anything we do here seem positively
saintly.

If we can find an alternative trade for our slaughtered animals (what better
subsidy could you get - a welfare subsidy), it won't stop the cruel ritual
slaughter of animals reared in other EU countries unless we take this to
Brussels and sort it out once and for all.  Put another way, instead of
taking money off subsidies for the environment (#millions taken off this
year), lets get Brussels to fund/develope a market for slaughtered carcases.
The money is being taken back into the EU/CAP fund, to be spent in any EU
country anyway - so there is no guarantee that this modulation money will be
returned to improve the //DIV>