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Ramsgate export row

LIVE EXPORTS from the English port of Ramsgate are to re-open, following a suspension imposed because of animal welfare breaches earlier in the year.

According to pressure group Compassion in World Farming, Thanet District Council were keen to see live exports from the port stopped for good, but backed down under threat of a judicial review.

But as the local ban could not be made to stick at Ramsgate, CIWF has returned to its broader campaign to have live exports banned at a national level. CIWF's Dil Peeling, said: "We share Thanet District Council's disappointment at having to drop their attempt to suspend the trade from Ramsgate, a port that is clearly not fit for live exports.

"It is clear this needs a solution at the national level and we are urging the government to do the right thing and stop live exports for slaughter from this country.

"Animals should be fattened and slaughtered as close as possible to the place where they are born or reared, not put through the gruelling misery of long, stressful journeys before their deaths. In the case of Ramsgate, calves are going from as far as Cumbria to Spain. This puts a huge strain on them and they face the added burden of being raised as veal in systems that might very well be illegal in the UK."

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