"..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
victims. ALL the costs of transport and complying with the
deducted from the farmers share/income. Never do the
meat packers or supermarkets allow their profits to be
Most of you guys would like to see farmers banned from
animals for one hour on a ferry so I'm probably walking in
waters here (as I do!). But I don't think that is the issue,
understand is more to do with the way the animals are treated after
reach Calais. If I farmed in Holland, my sheep could travel for
of miles without any border checks so we are being discriminated
compared to our EU farmer competitors - if we ban this trade.
agree with you guys that the animals should be slaughtered first
market is for live animals unless the EU rules that animals must
slaughtered before leaving EVERY EU country. I don't need to go on
know where I am coming from and the more I say the more you will jump
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
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
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
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>