The RSPCA is renewing calls to end live export of animals from British ports after more than 1,200 sheep sailed from Ramsgate in sub zero conditions on Friday morning, despite a force five to seven gale warning.
The RSPCA is renewing calls to end live export from Ramsgate after more than 1,200 sheep sailed from the port of Ramsgate in sub zero conditions on the morning of January 18, 2013, despite a force five to seven gale warning.
RSPCA inspectors again attended the port as two trailers loaded with sheep arrived at the port just after 7am and were inspected by animal health officers before being loaded onto the MV Joline.
Two more transporters arrived at 7:30am and were given one minute and three minute inspections before being loaded onto the ship.
The MV Joline sailed at 8:45am on Friday.
RSPCA chief inspector Steve Dockery, who was at the port, said: “The conditions were freezing – it was bitterly cold and we have to remember that this ship has open sides so these animals will be exposed to the elements during the crossing.”
In its attempts to see an end to the live transport of farmed animals to continental Europe, the RSPCA has requested a judicial review into the trade and has also created an e-petition on the Number 10 website, asking the Government to intervene.
The petition to DEFRA, which already has more than 30,000 signatures, calls for all meat to be exported on the hook and not on the hoof, and that animals should be slaughtered humanely as close to their farm of origin as possible and subject to CCTV monitoring to ensure welfare standards.
However, while the trade continues, the charity wants the full costs of all veterinary and Animal Health regulatory inspections – as well as lairage and emergency facilities – to be met by the hauliers and shipment industry rather than by the taxpayer.