Huge online support for International Awareness Day to Ban Live Exports

Loading of animals on the ship Elbeik, photo: Animal Welfare Foundation
Loading of animals on the ship Elbeik, photo: Animal Welfare Foundation

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.

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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