UK (England): The Live Animal Export Battle Continues.

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Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) – http://www.kaale.org.uk

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Petition Link – Please sign.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/740/060/667/better-identification-for-box-type-livestock-carrying-vehicles-throughout-the-eu/

Not all animals being transported by road across the EU go in ‘conventional’ livestock trailers which have exterior air vents fitted to each tier, providing air to the animals. Some trailers are completely sealed as shown in the photograph (this truck has several hundred sheep in its trailer) giving most outside observers the conception that anything other than live animals are being carried within it. We feel that this should be made much more evident to outside observers and especially emergency services should an accident occur.

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RSPCA seeks hearing over live exports ruling

Wednesday 13 February 2013

The RSPCA is to seek an oral hearing in the High Court to determine whether it can take its live animal exports judicial review application to a full hearing.

The animal welfare charity applied in December to seek a judicial review of the arrangements operated by Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) for the approval and supervision of live animal exports through the port of Ramsgate.

But permission to bring the case to a judicial review was refused last week by Mr Justice Males following a consideration of the court papers.

Currently, live animals are transported over to Calais on an open-decked, flat-bottomed converted Russian tank transporter, the MV Joline.

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But the RSPCA claims the AHVLA is acting unlawfully in failing to require the exporters to use ports with appropriate facilities and also in failing to impose sailing restrictions on the MV Joline to ensure that animals are not injured or caused undue harm while being transported by sea.

A lack of facilities at or near the port to deal with emergencies, the use of an old tank transporter to ship animals across the Channel in rough weather and the failure to thoroughly inspect animals at the port are “all unacceptable” and have “serious issues for animal welfare”, it claims.

RSPCA chief legal officer Ray Goodfellow said: “We are taking this stand because we believe AHVLA’s approach is failing to safeguard animal welfare and is in breach of European laws designed to protect animals from injury or undue suffering during transport.

“We believe we have a strong case that deserves to be heard.”

The charity also believes that changes to the inspection regime introduced by the AHVLA following the September incident are also unlawful in failing to provide proper checks at the port to safeguard animal welfare.

The RSPCA has vowed to fight on for the animals after Thanet District Council lifted its temporary ban on live exports at Ramsgate in November.

The local authority had closed Ramsgate port to live exports in September following an incident when more than 40 sheep had to be destroyed. But the port was reopened in October after legal action by Dutch exporters.

The AHVLA said it would not be commenting on the case while there was still an option for the RSPCA to appeal.

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RSPCA legal bid to ban live exports from Ramsgate quashed

Thursday 07 February 2013

The RSPCA has expressed its disappointment after a High Court judge rejected its legal bid to stop the live export of animals from a Kent port.

The animal welfare charity lodged a claim in the High Court to seek a judicial review of the approval and supervision of live animal exports through Ramsgate port.

The RSPCA launched the legal challenge after Thanet District Council lifted its temporary ban on live exports at Ramsgate following an incident on the vessel MV Joline in September in which more than 40 sheep, considered by officials as lame, were put down.

Launching the legal proceedings last month, the RSPCA said it believed the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA), which is responsible for checking consignments of live animals through Ramsgate port, was “acting illegally”.

The RSPCA accused the AHVLA of failing to impose sailing restrictions on the MV Joline – which it described as an “open-decked, flat-bottomed converted Russian tank transporter” – to ensure that animals were “not injured or caused undue harm while being transported by sea”.

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It also accused the AHVLA of failing to require exporters to use ports with appropriate facilities and failing to provide proper checks at the port to safeguard animal welfare.

But in a High Court ruling on Tuesday (5 February), judge Mr Justice Stephen Males dismissed the RSPCA’s case on all three grounds and said it was not even arguable.

Commenting on the ruling, an RSPCA spokesman said: “We are extremely disappointed by the decision. We still have an opportunity to ask for a reconsideration of the decision at an oral hearing.

“We will be considering the options with our legal team and also consulting with our trustees. Our deep concern about the lack of appropriate regulatory safeguards to protect the welfare of animals involved in this trade remains unchanged.”

The AHVLA said it would not be commenting on the case while there was still an option for the RSPCA to appeal.

In December, farm minister David Heath announced new, tougher rules for live animal exports from Ramsgate port. AHVLA inspectors have been told to increase inspections and take a “zero tolerance” approach to any breaches of welfare regulations where unnecessary suffering is caused to animals.

14 Responses

  1. stop live animal transport. it is inhuman. these beautiful animals do not deserve this way of transport.

    • how vile and cruel man is When will it stop? Humans that do this to animals move on to human torture and murder because they have no soul

  2. No animal abuse is acceptable.

  3. jUSTICE AND FAIR TREATMENT IS A MUST TO ALL CREATURES.

  4. The cruelty has to end. No animal should suffer.

  5. Disgusting, I really hate this. Let me know if there is a lobby, I’ll drive there. Signed abd shared

  6. For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma.

  7. No animal abuse is acceptable.

  8. “STOP THE NONSENSE GET A CONSCIENCE”!!!

  9. All this is unnecessary. All that suffering to end up killed any way.
    Lets stop these clandestine business, stop eating meat, with every peace of meat you eat, you are directly contributing to these abuse and cruelty to beautiful animals. This “Industry” don’t care, governments don’t care inconclution the world don’t give a shit about the animals, only those who’s taste is cruelty free, care for animals. Don’t complain if you are feeding their packets with the money you pay for meat, because you are just as guilty.
    STOP LIVE TRANSPORT AND IF YOU ARE HUMAN STOP KILLING ANIMALS!

  10. AUTHORITIES AROUND OUR GLOBE HAVE TO PLACE IMMEDIATELY A BAN ON ATROCITIES, ON KILLINGS TO ALL LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO PERSONS RESPONSIBLE AND PLEDGE FOR SPECIES-APPROPRIATE HUSBANDRY !

    IN WHICH CENTURY WE LIVE ALL TOGETHER ???
    WHICH AUTHORITIES ARE ON THE RUN ???

    HAVE YOU LOST YOUR HUMANITY or YOUR BRAIN, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE ?

    YOU HAVE TO USE AN ETHICS OF RESPONSIBILITY BY LAW !

    Normaltive ethic includes the claim on generally liability.

    People need to vote unacting authorities and „BASTARDS“ acting irresponsibly out of their occupations!

    HOW LONG UNACTING AUTHORITIES NEED FOR ETHICAL HUMANELY DESICIONS AND LAWS IS REALLY INFANTILE AROUND OUR GLOBE.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLE SHOULD REALLY KICK THE BUCKET AS SOON AS EVER POSSIBLE TO STOP THIS INFANTILISM AND UNHUMANE WORLDWIDE DISASTERS – PEACE AND LIVINGRIGHT TO LIVING CREATURES AND FUTURE GENERATIONS !

  11. No way to treat any animal trabsportating this way how would you feel? maybe if more people experienced what these animals have to go through there would be a change on the way animals are treated

  12. I look at these poor animals and cry we humans are barbaric where is our heart to allow such cruelty to take place !!!!

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