The decades-long journey to ban UK live exports has not been easy. But the tireless campaigning of people like you has achieved huge strides forward.
Together, we’ve helped stop live exports on passenger ferries. We've helped reduce the number of UK animals exported for slaughter and fattening from 2.5 million a year to tens of thousands. We've protested at ports and outside Parliament. And, in 2020, you even pushed the Scottish Government to halt live calf exports.
Take a look through some of the milestones so far.
1994: Thanks to a major campaign involving Compassion supporters, passenger ferries stop exporting live animals from Britain via Dover for fattening and slaughter.
1995: As exporters begin chartering their own ferries, campaigners make headline news by rallying at numerous ports to stop the lorries getting through.
Tragically, at one such protest, activist Jill Phipps is killed by a lorry transporting calves for export by air from Coventry Airport.
1996: The EU imposes a ban on UK live cattle exports due to the BSE outbreak, which remains in place until 2006.
2000: Hundreds of campaigners continue to protest tirelessly against shipments from Ramsgate, Dover and other ports.
2006: A multi-year project – part-led by Compassion – launches, aiming to reduce male dairy calf exports. This, together with a voluntary ban on British calf exports imposed by the Dutch veal industry following a TB outbreak, helps slash the number exported by 90% by 2013.
2012: 45 sheep perish at Ramsgate port due to faulty equipment and poor conditions during transport and loading, sparking public outrage. Thanet Council bans the trade – but its decision is overturned in court.
2014: Thousands of supporters begin rallying for our annual International Awareness Day outside Parliament.
2018: Public pressure to ban live exports increases. Over a million people urge politicians to end the trade and, following a BBC investigation, P&O Cruises stops exporting animals on passenger ferries from Scotland to Northern Ireland.
The UK Government conducts a consultation on live animal transport post-Brexit.
2019: The UK Government repeatedly promises to ban live exports after Brexit. We carry out a new investigation to expose the horror of the trade.
2020: We take our call to Ban Live Exports to London’s streets, tube stations and newspapers, all the way to the Prime Minister himself.
Our Judicial Review pushes the Scottish Government to halt live calf exports.
The UK Government launches another consultation on live exports.
2021:Will the UK Government finally deliver on its promise and end live exports?