England: Memories of The Live Animal Export Trade – Then and Now.





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Above – Dutch Haulier Carrying Live UK Sheep for Export – 2nd May 2013.

As you probably know; (see ‘About Us’) the export, transport and trade in live animals has always been a massive ‘gripe’ of mine for the last 25 years or so.  It is still as strong as ever and we are currently working with EU national authorities in some member states to hopefully bring about some prosecutions in the near future.

For this reason, only a certain amount of time can be given to SAV at the moment.  We will attempt to keep on top of the ‘SAV’ situation, but for us, the live export work is also very important.

Below you will find a copy of something which was written by great friend and fellow anti-export campaigner Jane; who is here in Kent, England, the same location as us.  I have known Jane for almost all the past 25 years of anti export campaigning and I can say that this girl has my un-devoted respect and admiration for everything she has undertaken to oppose the trade in live animal exports for so many years.  Thank you Jane.  The poster produced by Jane below sums up everything that needs to be said – for me personally it was witnessing small baby animals suffering in the back of livestock transporters heading for Europe many, many years ago.

Here are Jane’s words below.  Many good people and fellow campaigners have now passed on, but they are still remembered by us all in our own ways for the devotion they gave to the fight against the export trade. 

Mark – SAV Founder – Kent, England April 2014.


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Love J xx

Today, the 20th April marks the 19th anniversary of the resumption of live exports in Dover. Strong and passionate feelings against this vile trade were shown with many people giving up their freedom, maybe only for a day for most but several were remanded and then others spent months banned from Dover. It didn’t work as that just made three demo sites. A solid core of good people at all 3 places still worked together to fight the barbarity that passed by us daily and then we all felt the brunt of the excessive policing.. Excessive is putting it mildly !

Where is everyone now ? So many have passed away, They are not forgotten and are all missed and remembered . , It doesn’t matter the capacity in which they stepped forward or campaigned in, everyone was important and each did what they felt they could to add to the campaign. Some campaigned in a very forward way but for some, standing on the front line and even standing next to people they didn’t know took all their strength. – and that was before the convoy of masses of police and the many, many livestock transporters of calves and sheep came by. All brave people and always remembered…
Where is everyone now ? Unless you are involved with actively caring for rescued animals (you will be too busy) please think back and try to attend at some point. First Saturday in the month at Dover and next shipment most likely Ramsgate. The Dover date is a permanent date so nearly everyone should be able to make it once a year .

Some of us had previous experience with the ferry company campaigns but we didn’t expect the support in those days. 1995 showed that support could be gained and people were willing to come along and stand up (or sit down) for change. It was so heartwarming and very emotional to meet so many like-minded people

Some of us are still there .  That day changed something in our lives and we knew that was it – no turning back ……

The price of sheep in English markets took a slight drop in price this week (April 2014). Be warned now, if this lowers more then the ‘Joline’ could be on the move quicker than the seasonal expectation.

Thank you to a supporter in France for the picture. U know who u are ! xx
A big big thank you to everyone who physically attends. It is so important.


Watch old footage from the early Dover protest days, and more recent protest videos (and actions !) at both Dover and Ramsgate ports, Kent, England, here: 
































Serbia: More Petition Support and Letters to Authorities Required – Please Act – See Below for Details.

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SAV Comment: Please ensure you sign the petition below and cross post to all your friends and contacts – Thanks.


Dear supporters,

I, again, have to send a short reminder to everybody who signed this petition to please FORWARD it to your friends, family, colleagues and anybody who loves and cares about the animals.

The fact is that the city, kill shelter WILL BE OPENED again while the 550 dogs from a no-kill, private shelter WILL BE MOVED to kill pounds across Serbia.

I am sure people who LOVE animals will SIGN this petition to give these animals a voice BEFORE the horror pictures of inhumane treatment of animals in Subotica’s city shelter start circulating and then it WILL BE too late.

We are AGAINST the opening of a city, kill shelter and AGAINST the closure of a no-kill, private shelter “Alex”.

Please, also send direct email to the authorities who btw still haven’t responded to this petition.

Sample letter and email addresses are provided here: http://love-is-an-animal.blogspot.nl/2014/04/authorities-attempt-to-close-alex.html  

Thank you very much!


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This message was sent by Andrea Sreiber using the Change.org system.

View the petition 


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USA: Mercy For Animals Canada reveals heartbreaking cruelty to baby calves at one of the largest veal producers in North America.



SAV Comment:

Why there should NEVER be such a thing as Ag Gag – this would be what the producers wish to hide under such ‘protection’ yukspeak.

See the video by clicking on this link immediately below. 

A breaking undercover investigation

by Mercy For Animals Canada reveals heartbreaking cruelty to baby calves at one of the largest veal producers in North America.

While working undercover, the investigator documented:

  • Workers violently kicking, punching, and throwing baby animals
  • Calves crammed into feces-covered wooden boxes barely larger than their own bodies, often chained by the neck, unable to even turn around or lie down comfortably for their entire lives
  • Animals painfully stuck in the wooden slats of their crates
  • Sick and injured animals left to suffer and slowly die in their own filth without proper veterinary care

Calves are highly intelligent and social animals who deserve better than a life of intensive confinement on a factory farm. In nature, these calves would be nursing from their mothers, frolicking in the sun, and playing with other calves. On veal factory farms like this, baby calves are deprived of everything that makes life even remotely worth living.

Veal crates are recognized as inherently so cruel they have been banned in eight U.S. states, Australia, New Zealand, and the entire European Union. Ohio banned the use of veal crates following another investigation by Mercy For Animals in 2010 at Buckeye Veal Farm. That MFA investigation also led Costco Wholesale, the third-largest grocery chain in America, to adopt a policy against purchasing veal from calves confined in crates.

Mercy For Animals is now calling on the Retail Council of Canada, which represents all of the major grocery chains in the country, to implement a new policy that prohibits the cruel confinement of calves in restrictive veal crates for all of its member grocery supply chains — a policy already supported by Costco, Metro, and Sobeys.

Please click here to sign the petition. Then, share the undercover investigation with friends, family, and colleagues and encourage them to take action as well.

And after you have asked the Retail Council to take a stand against this blatant animal abuse, please consider further helping calves and other farmed animals by exploring a diet free of eggs, dairy, and meat.


Nathan Runkle

Executive Director

P.S. Want to support our vital work? Click here to make a donation.




Free Tibet From Chinese Persecution. An Introduction To The London Based ‘Free Tibet’ Campaign.

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Normally we only deal specifically with global animal rights and animal welfare issues; but the ‘Free Tibet’ campaign is a human rights issue very close to my heart.  Please support it – thank you;

Mark – SAV Founder.


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All the following is duplicated from the ‘Free Tibet’ website.

‘Free Tibet’ is a great organization which is based in London, England.

For a small monthly fee you can become a member of the organization – please click on the following link to join.



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Read the latest news – Information link:



China secretly drills deepest shaft in Tibet

Monday, 7 April 2014

7km borehole in the Tibetan Plateau to assess the region’s fossil fuels

The deepest hole ever drilled into the earth at such extreme altitudes has been sunk in an undisclosed region of Tibet, according to mainland Chinese scientists who are following the project.

Mindful of Tibetan opposition, the Chinese government is discreetly funding various projects to drill exploratory shafts in Tibet to study samples and discover the commercial viability of its reserves.

The harsh Tibetan climate has so far stalled the exploitation of the plateau but the Chinese government is eager to extract Tibet’s abundant oil and natural gas.

Reports state that the two largest state-owned oil and gas companies are believed have been in the Tibetan region for nearly 20 years.

They aim to map the surrounding areas with detailed surveys and experimental drilling.

Further exploitation

Last August, China’s Ministry of Land signed a 20 million Yuan exploration agreement after Tibet showed “enormous oil and natural gas potential”.

Tibet is one of the last unexplored terrains for natural resources in the world and is gaining global attention from mining companies.

Chinese scientists warn against the rush to exploit Tibet’s rich minerals and hydrocarbons as mining projects have the potential to permanently damage Tibet’s fragile ecosystems.

SourceSouth China Morning Post


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Tibetans protests

Many of the protests in Tibet have been Tibetans asking for land not to be desecrated and they have been met with violence by the authorities.

China’s mining, damming, logging and agricultural policies over the decades has devastated the plateau.

Tibet’s natural resources have been ruthlessly exploited by China, while Tibetans are denied the right to determine how their land is used.

This is the latest act of destruction of the Tibetan environment by China

Read more on Tibet’s environment.


Reaad the information below and lots more about the human rights issues in Tibet at – http://freetibet.org/about/human-rights-tibet

Human rights in Tibet

Tibetans’ civil and political rights are under constant attack by the Chinese authorities who will stop at nothing to suppress dissent.

Every aspect of Tibetan life is under siege from a Chinese leadership determined to gradually eradicate a whole culture.

The Tibetan flag and national anthem are banned.

Possession of a picture of the Dalai Lama can result in torture and imprisonment.

Even children face abuses of their freedom and human rights in Tibet.

Here are just a few human rights case studies of people who have suffered abuses under China’s regime.


Please do what you can to support the freedom of the people of Tibet from Chinese invasion.

Please consider donating to, or becoming a member of this group. 

For a small monthly fee you can become a member of the organization – please click on the following link to join.





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England: UK Conservative Government To Rob Royal Botanical Gardens Of Funds – Disgrace !!!





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Above – Kew, London

Globally important conservation and science under threat at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew due to government cuts – £5M deficit will lead to loss of over 120 posts

Please sign the petition at:


The UK Government need to urgently reverse the existing cuts to Kew’s annual operating grant in aid funding, and to cancel the proposed and any further future cuts.

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, with sites at Kew Gardens, London and Wakehurst Place, Sussex is a world-leader in conservation and botanical science, with over 250 years of historical excellence in these fields.

Never before has Kew faced such a significant threat to its future. It now needs your help to ensure its globally-important plant and fungal collections can continue to be used to support plant and fungal science and conservation around the world.

In 1983, 90 per cent of Kew’s funding came from the UK Government as grant in aid. The current amount has dropped to below 40 per cent as of this year. Funding was reduced by £0.9M in 2009-10, £1M in 2010-11, and by an extra £0.5M year-on-year thereafter (see here).

Kew has now been told to expect further cuts of at least another £1.5M before the end of 2016.

Under the 1983 National Heritage Act, the UK Government committed to ensure that Kew is adequately resourced to fulfil its statutory obligations, which include: research; providing advice and education; plant-related services including quarantine; caring for world-renowned scientific collections, as national reference collections available for study; and as a resource for the public to gain knowledge and enjoy. The UK Government is no longer fulfilling its role to allow Kew to meet these obligations.

Kew has been dramatically increasing income from non-government funding streams through the work of their partner charity Kew Foundation, and via commercially-generated income, consultancy work, and research funding. Although there are plans to extend these efforts, they are no longer able to keep up with the rate of cuts in government funding and many areas of Kew’s work are not easily resourced externally.

Due to the cuts, Kew has announced that with a £5M deficit for this year, over 120 posts will be axed. The majority of posts will be lost in the areas of science and public engagement (report here.) In specialist careers measured in decades of experience, Kewwill lose dedicated, expert staff, and whole areas of work are likely to be halted.

As Sir David Attenborough was recently quoted as saying:

“Kew has an absolutely crucial role in looking after our botanical heritage and our botanical future. The important thing to remember is that it is the premiere botanical gardens in the world scientifically. People who think it is just a place to go to look at pretty flowers and flower beds are mistaking the importance of Kew Gardens. The Seed Bank is of world importance and it should be supported by the Government like a proper institution or university and the continuing idea that Kew Gardens is merely a playground and that you just put up the prices to look after it is a misguided assessment of the value of Kew. The Government and the scientific departments should recognise that and support it properly.” 

Please show your support for Kew, and their continuing work for future generations, by signing this petition, and please encourage others to do the same.


Please sign the petition at:



SAV Comment:

As an Englishman and a plant and tree person; I have had the pleasure of visiting Kew and Wakehurst several times.  I was privileged to have helped donate to the formation of the seed bank at Wakehurst.

To see what the UK government are now trying to do just for the sake of saving a few pounds is something which I would simply call a global, ecological and environmental disaster.  Cameron and his lap dog cronies care not a toss for animal, environmental and other issues that many of us put at the top of our list.  Cameron and his cronies are driven by just one thing – money – all the rest of the worlds issues can go to hell as far as he is concerned.  The man is a prime fool.

Visit the Kew website at  http://www.kew.org/

Watch a year at Kew – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUooTA9T8Vo






and more sub issues by clicking on the links on the right side of the video footage.

The money crazy Conservatives are the fools who are behind this campaign to destroy a world class centre which houses one of the greatest botanical research centres on the planet.


Owen Paterson and David Cameron –

Destroyers of the wonderful services provided by Kew and Wakehurst

For non-UK visitors,

Kew Gadens comprises two fabulous centres – the main botanical gardens in central London and also its sister offshoot – named Wakehurst Place, which is located out of London in the South East of England.  Wakehurst is home to the world famous seed bank where thousands upon thousands of plant seeds are stored in perfect conditions for the future, should those plants ever become extinct in their natural environment.  The seed bank at Wakehurst; part of Kew gardens, is one of the greatest treasures that this planet can hold.


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Above: Wakehurst – the ‘other’ part of Kew.







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Save Kew – please sign this petition.



SAV Founder.





Japan: Please Give Your Support To This Petition.


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SAV Comment:

Maria has written to us about this important issue and the life of a man which now hangs in the balance because of what was done to his pet dog many years ago. 

Please ensure you give your support to this petition – Thank You.


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Name: Maria M Oldland


Message: Please help us to publicize this campaign. A man’s life is at stake. It is a man who killed the officials whose policies led to the cruel killing of his beloved pet dog when he was a boy of 12. He has undoubtedly been suffering from post traumatic stress disorder throughout his life due to the trauma of losing his dog. He has not received a proper psychiatric evaluation and has been sentenced to death by a Japanese court. He is a man who committed murder in the full knowledge of the consequences i.e. that he would be hanged. Nevertheless, he did it FOR THE SAKE of the animal he lost and for all the other animals brutally sacrificed in his country.
Why is it important to save this man? First of all, I do not condone murder or any other kind of violence inflicted on humans or animals. But should capital punishment be applied to a person who is not mentally competent? Most importantly, should Japan, a modern, wealthy democracy use capital punishment, despite the lack of evidence of being an effective deterrent to violent crime? And should retribution be the sole means of deterrence?  What is wrong with compassion, rehabilitation, reintegration, common denominators of our humanity?
Takeshi Koizumi succeeded in raising awareness of the holocaust of millions of cats and dogs put down in Japan in gas chambers, suffering an agonizing and undignified death. It is imperative to persuade the Japanese government to launch a campaign of re-education of its consumer society  towards responsible ownership of companion animals. The current trend of regarding pets as mere fashion accessories, quickly discarded as a new fad emerges, should be addressed and owners should be made aware of the brutal fate their rejected pets will be subjected to. The brutal, draconian laws governing the disposal of unwanted or stray animals need urgently to be replaced  by more humane ones using euthanasia. Furthermore, efforts to find adoptive families should be introduced in a rich country which could well afford to keep all its unwanted pets.
Please help us to save this man, whose appeal to the Supreme Court is on the 25th April. His life hangs in the balance, should his death sentence be upheld. If his life is spared, his contribution to the cause of animal rights and animal welfare could be invaluable.


Maria M Oldland






Australia: Gutless PM Tony Abbott Fails To Act In The Defence Of Australian Animals. Just Like Gillard Before Him.






SAV Comment:

What we in the UK (and the rest of the civilized world) have known for a very long time:

Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard – Two Animal Abusing Australian Prime Ministers.

Neither who have had the guts to do anything about such a disgusting business of live animal exports.  Gutless fools who just let animals suffer for their own political satisfaction.

Oh how we feel for the poor citizens of Australia – to have an animal abuser like Abbott at the helm now.



From Animals Australia


As the sun goes down in the Gaza Strip tonight, Australian animals stand waiting… and we do not know their fate. But based on evidence from our recent investigations, I fear the worst.

What you do in the next 3 minutes will help us send the strongest possible message that Australians will not tolerate this industry any longer… and on behalf of the thousands of animals abandoned to live export cruelty yet again — I am pleading with you to be their voice today.

ABC’s 7.30 program last night aired a damning exposé revealing an even darker side of this industry: allegations of corruption and criminal activity have now emerged.

But what our latest investigation has uncovered will shock you even more.

Actually, ‘latest’ sounds like it was one investigation. In reality, on almost a weekly basis over past months we have lodged 6 additional complaints with the Department of Agriculture showing that the nightly abuse of Australian cattle in Gaza… continues.

With the help of our brave young local investigator in Gaza, we have presented case after case, evidence upon evidence, to the government pleading for urgent action. Yet night after night, workers terrified of ‘wild’ Australian cattle have been resorting to violence within the abattoirs of Gaza. We’ve seen animals with leg tendons slashed, being stabbed in their eye, and being abused in ways which are too traumatic to describe.

I don’t tell you this to shock you, Maria. In fact, I strongly urge you not to watch footage from our investigation because it is simply too distressing. But I’m telling you this because relying on the regulatory process to end the cruelty has failed.

That brings us to you, and why you’re reading this:

Will you spare 3 minutes today to help achieve justice for animals?

Knowing how confronting the evidence is, we have gone to extra lengths to ensure that you can take action on our website today without needing to see any graphic images if you choose not to.

To the live export industry, these animals are considered ‘products’. To us, they are ‘living beings’ deserving of compassion and respect. I know that when Australians discover what animals have been suffering in Gaza there will be a groundswell of compassion and action on their behalf — one that our government cannot ignore.

After taking action please share this urgent alert with your friends, family — anyone who like us wants a kinder, more compassionate world where cruelty is not excused as the cost of doing business.

For the animals, thank you,

Lyn White
Campaign Director



P.S. With the live export ‘assurance’ system failing to protect animals from the worst abuses, your help is needed to stop this from continuing and achieve justice for animals. It only takes 3 minutes to make a difference. Please click here to take urgent action today.

The track record of the world’s largest live exporter, Livestock Shipping Services, raises big questions about why they’ve been allowed to keep their export licence.

It’s Friday, 4th April 2014. The ship called Bader III sets out from Fremantle Port on the long sea voyage to Jordan and Israel. On board are 10,000 cattle and thousands of sheep. The exporter is Livestock Shipping Services (LSS).

A day earlier, LSS General Manager, Garry Robinson, complained to the media about this ship being delayed as a result of ‘handful of animals’ in Gaza. Robinson did not express concern that this ‘handful’ of cattle, who had been exported by LSS and ‘leaked’ from their supply chain, were once again suffering terrifying and prolonged deaths both in LSS’s ‘approved’ and in non-approved abattoirs in Gaza.

No accountability was expressed about the fact that this situation was LSS’s legal responsibility or that it was both predictable and preventable. After all, the company was aware that Australian cattle in Gaza had been subjected to sickening abuse last October — including at their approved abattoir, which had months earlier passed an LSS-funded audit despite not meeting required standards.

As a result, rather than a ‘handful’ of animals, every one of the 4,631 Australian bulls sent into Gaza since November would be brutally slaughtered.

With a dire situation for cattle in Gaza ongoing, and under investigation for five serious breaches of regulations, it seemed inconceivable that LSS would be granted a further export permit.

But five weeks after the Department of Agriculture was first provided with evidence that the horrific slaughter of Australian bulls in Gaza had continued unabated they granted the company implicated a further export permit.

Only a couple of days after the Bader III sailed for Israel, in a filthy slaughterhouse in Gaza, another Australian bull was brutally slaughtered in breach of Australian regulations, including having his eye stabbed to blind him. Around him lay the bodies of other Australian bulls who would have suffered similarly shocking deaths.

The dreadful suffering of these animals was predictable and preventable. The Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) was put in place to prevent the worst abuses to exported animals. But with no Australian government oversight in importing countries, its ability to do so rests with exporters facing consequences for breaches, including suspension or loss of export licence.

Tonight, once again, Australian bulls will be brutally slaughtered in Gaza. Tonight the export company implicated in these breaches of regulations continues to be allowed to export, and has tens of thousands of animals aboard the Bader III once again, entrusted to its ‘care’.




That shocking abuse of Australian cattle continues in Gaza five months after first being reported, is damning.

The good news, is that after receiving evidence from Animals Australia in November, the Australian Government ceased granting export permits to Gaza.The bad news, is that this was no help to the thousands of cattle who were en-route at the time. Since then, at least 4,631 exported cattle have been sent to the slaughterhouses of Gaza.

This ongoing cruelty could have been avoided had exporters been complying with regulations. Tragically, the Australian Government’s live export ‘assurance’ system is providing anything but ‘assurance’. The truth is that nobody — not live exporters, nor the Australian government — can guarantee that animals in the live export trade won’t be brutally killed.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Live export is valued at only 0.3 percent of national exports. And most sheep and cattle farmers aren’t involved with the industry. Not only that — a phase out of this cruel trade will create more jobs for Australians and benefit the economy.

Take action today, and help spare an animal from suffering this brutal fate. Ask your MP to support a phase out of live exports — for jobs, for the economy, and most importantly, for the animals.










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