Lack of political will, that’s the problem

Tens of thousands of Compassion’s supporters have called for amendments to UK legislation to help stop the export of live animals for slaughter and fattening. But the Government tells us it is powerless to change the 1847 Act as it would mean overriding European Free Trade Law.

The problem isn’t European Free Trade Law. It’s lack of political will.

The Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act (1847) states that all ports must allow the free trade of ‘goods’, including farm animals. So, by law British public ports must allow lorries full of animals to pass through, even if the port authority doesn’t agree with the trade. It’s about time this law was updated so that ports can legally refuse consignments of live, sentient, animals without fear of legal repercussions.

This trade is totally unnecessary and causes huge amounts of suffering. Compassion’s patron Joanna Lumley has once again come forward to speak out against live exports. Please watch her video and then join her call for change.

The UK Government mustn’t get away with dodging the issue of live exports. Tens of thousands of sheep and calves are sent on gruelling long journeys from the UK every year simply to face fattening and slaughter at their final destination.

The amendments we’re calling for are not unreasonable. And if the UK does get challenged by the EU the Government should do the right thing and stand up for the animals facing export. The Government should take the case to the European Courts if necessary.

Please take a moment to tell your MP that taking no action simply isn’t an option while thousands of animals suffer needlessly.

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