UK: Live Animal Exports. See CIWF Undercover Footage. Tell David Heath MP To Change the (UK) Law – He CAN Do It Without Affecting EU Law. But Will He Continue to Hide Behind the ‘Blame the EU’ Curtain ?


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UK Minister for ‘Animal Welfare (Huh !) – David Heath – Photo: BBC.

David Heath I cant Stop

The man who will not stop live exports – Cartoon – CIWF.

This is David Heath, the UK Minister at the UK Ministry of DEFRA, and who says he cannot stop the live exports of animals from the UK, as the EU will not allow it.

This is incorrect and he does not want to change things; he only wishes to keep blaming the EU saying why his hands are tied.  He could take action to change UK legislation, but he will not.


Live exports: Tell David Heath to stop hiding behind EU law

A UK law that is over 160 years old, the ‘Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847’, means that public ports across Britain have no say in whether they wish to accept the trade in live animal exports. 

This is pathetic, and is a law passed soon after the Battle of Waterloo !! – we say that now in 2013 it is time for change !

We know that many UK Port Authorities would rather not allow shipments of live animals. But as long as this outdated legislation remains on the books, their hands are tied.

The UK Farming Minister, David Heath MP, needs to have some guts and stand up and take a lead on this issue by amending the 1847 Act. He has the power to make a significant change for farm animal welfare.

But David Heath and his colleagues at Defra, the Government Department that oversees live exports, don’t seem to understand what we are calling for. They believe that amending the 1847 Act would be a ban on live exports – and illegal under EU law.

Yes, current EU law prevents the UK government from banning live exports altogether.

BUT if local authorities were given more power over the trade they allow through their ports (using an updated act of law) this could still end live exports

and it would be perfectly legal under EU law.

What is the 1847 Act?

The Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act states that all ports must allow the free trade of goods: if someone pays the fee to use the Port, they must be allowed to ship their goods. Astonishingly, live farm animals are still classified as goods.

So, by law all British ports must allow lorries full of animals to pass through, even if the ports don’t agree with the trade. This law is over 160 years old. It’s high time that this law is amended.

Please visit our good friends at CIWF to take further action about this:

If you want to send us (SAV) a caption to go at the end of the above cartoon of David Heath MP, then please do so.  Send via the ‘Contact Us’ link.

We will publish those which are good and which are not abusive – anything that is like this will not be shown.  Keep it clean but using the above information, keep it accurate.

CIWF Undercover Footage – the EU has NO ‘Ag Gag’ fortunately.

Go to  to see undercover footage investigation of calves being exported from the UK to mainland Europe.

Note – investigators voice and identity has been changed for this report.

This is the reason why so many UK citizens have been protesting at Ramsgate port in the recent past; and now Dover, as the live animal exports have now changed to this facility.

View the 3rd August Dover demo at:

KAALE in Kent, England are a major campaign group against live exports.  Mark, SAV founder, is the EU and media correspondent also for KAALE. 

Visit the KAALE website at: 

See some photos of Ye old Historic Kent County – the ‘Garden of England’, at:,or.r_qf.&bvm=bv.50500085,d.d2k&biw=1231&bih=571&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=OFUFUsSMM6zP0AXrr4CIDQ#bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=6a59fc1a3845674d&hl=en&q=kent+england+images&sa=1&tbm=isch&um=1

The following pictures are all by Val who is the official photographer for KAALE

They show live animal exports from the UK ports of either Ramsgate or Dover, both in Kent County, England.

The most annoying thing about it all is that NO UK people are involved with the exports.  It is run by a Dutchman named J. Onderwater and often involves calves travelling from Ireland to mainland Europe, simply using the UK as a ‘land bridge’.  Onderwater operates the vessel ‘Joline’ which is a simple barge; a throwback from the Cold war days with the Soviets when it was used as a battle tank carrier.  Now the ‘Joline’ carries live animal transporters from Dover port in the UK (England) to Calais in France.  British people in general are outraged at this, and the want the UK government to step in and amend the 1847 Act so that UK ports can refuse the trade in live animals.

But David Heath will not act; and so most British people hate him as he always wants to blame Europe about legislation when in fact he could amend UK law if he wished.  He does not have the guts to do it.  But people vote, and they will let him know their feelings at the next general election.

Below are Dutch transporters on UK roads – the Dutch have yellow number plates on the front – UK have white.






Below – Live sheep are sometimes carried in ‘sealed box type trailers’ – used in the EU but not the UK




Below – the ‘Joline’ takes on animal transporters



Below – A dutch transporter carrying live sheep enters Ramsgate port


Below – Live sheep being checked by UK authorities inside the sealed box trailer (at Ramsgate)



Below – the ‘Joline’ photographed whilst crossing the English Channel to France.

Note the ‘sealed box trailers’ on the deck.




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All photos by Valerie Cameron – KAALE

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