Animal rights campaigners around the world united on Monday for the sixth annual International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports.
“With both the UK and New Zealand taking action to end this horrific trade, it’s time for other policy makers to follow their lead,” the animal welfare organization Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said about live animal export.
In May, the United Kingdom (UK) said it would ban the live export of animals for slaughter and fattening. “Right now, we’re on the brink of a historic ban on live animal exports for slaughter and fattening from England and Wales,” CIWF said on their website.
But they warned for loopholes: “Unless live exports are banned from or via Scotland and Northern Ireland, the UK trade could continue via these regions.”
In April, New Zealand announced it would stop the export of live animals by sea. They will phase out the industry over two years.
“The fact is that once animals leave New Zealand by sea, we have very limited ability to ensure their well-being before they reach their destination,” New Zealand’s agriculture minister Damien O’Connor said during a press conference.
With the hashtag #BanLiveExports, people and organizations worldwide supported the movement to end the suffering of animals on these sea transports.
Today’s #BanLiveExports International Awareness Day.— FOUR PAWS Australia (@fourpawsAU) June 13, 2021
Each year, millions of sheep and cattle 🐏🐮 are transported alive from Australia to foreign countries. Minimising animal suffering must be a clear goal! Help #BanLiveExport by writing to your MP today.#AnimalsDeserveBetter pic.twitter.com/WQdtA5Gzri
Every year thousands of young bulls are sent on long sea journeys to Libya and Turkey. After a long stressful journey these innocent animals that did nothing to deserve this are met with a brutal slaughter where they die in fear and pain #BanLiveExports https://t.co/clXBRJLCpV— Ethical Farming Ireland (@ethicalfarmIE) June 14, 2021
The current global live animal export trade which sees millions of animals transported by air, sea or land, is both unethical & cruel, & chilling in its blatant disregard for the welfare of the sentient animals that are transported#BanLiveExports @ciwfhttps://t.co/6VYK1CqDRu— Philip Lymbery (@philip_ciwf) June 14, 2021
❗️NEW ACTION to #BanLiveExports— OneKind (@onekindtweet) June 14, 2021
Sign the petition to urge the Scottish Government to work with the UK Government and the Welsh Government to deliver a ban across the whole of Great Britain at the same time, and as soon as possible ➡️ https://t.co/otEbWr2BtF pic.twitter.com/P5CMgZm4tn
Today is the day to give voice to the millions of animals that are shipped long distances from farms every year around the world. #StopTransporteAnimalesVivos #BanLiveExports #LiveTransport #NoAnimalLeftBehind pic.twitter.com/JMq5e9qQJL— SerAnimalis (@SerAnimalis) June 14, 2021
Articles on the suffering of animals during sea transports:
Spanish calves stuck at sea for three months, no EU country is helping
6000 captive young cows drown after ship capsized in East China Sea
Sheep stuck on board sinking ship in Romania are left to die
Sheep boiled to death on livestock ship, more face the same fate
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