UK parliament passes landmark ban on live animal export

UK parliament passes landmark ban on live animal export

A United Kingdom (UK) bill banning the export of live animals for fattening or slaughter passed parliament on Tuesday, marking a significant victory for animal welfare campaigners.

The Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill prohibits the export of cattle, goats, pigs, and horses for slaughter or fattening. It aims to improve animal welfare by ending long and stressful journeys abroad. These trips subject animals to overcrowding, exhaustion, dehydration, and stress.

Campaigners have fought for this ban for decades. In 1995, a protester named Jill Phipps was killed when she was crushed by a truck while demonstrating against live calf exports for veal.

The UK parliament’s House of Lords passed the bill. It will now proceed to royal assent before becoming law.

“The day we’ve all dreamed of is finally here. We can hardly believe it. After 50 years of hard-fought campaigning, the bill to #BanLiveExports from Britain has passed its final stage in Parliament,” animal welfare organization Compassion in World Farming (CIFW) said.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), hailed the bill’s passage as “an extraordinary achievement” after 50 years of activism.

The Battle of Brightlingsea was a series of protests by animal rights supporters held in Brightlingsea in Essex. Between 16 January and 30 October 1995, people tried to prevent the export of live animals through the town.

On Saturday, the Australian government announced it will ban live sheep exports by sea from May 2028. However, it will not ban live exports by sea of cattle—bulls, cows and calves.

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