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UK MPs call for live export review 17.12.2012
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2012, 11:06:09 AM »
MPs call for live export reviewMembers of Parliament have asked for a full review of live exports following a debate in the House of Commons last week called by Thanet MP Laura Sandys.  It was agreed by all parties present at the debate that incidents such as the tragic one at the port of Ramsgate, where 40 sheep lost their lives, should never be allowed to happen again.
 
MPs also agreed that travel for farm animals should be kept to an absolute minimum and the majority agreed that enforcement costs for the trade should be paid by those involved in the industry, rather than the tax-payer.

Calls for ports to be able to make their own decisions on live exports were also made, which could see ports legally allowed to say no to trade.
 
Shadow Defra Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said the review should be focused on animal welfare, as well as the considerations and economics of the trade that most people wanted to see, which was an increase in the export of meat and not animals.
 
Those present also made calls to adopt the European Parliament conclusions for a maximum travel time for animals of eight hours.
 
Animals rights charity the RSPCA has been hot on the case of live exports and the incident at the port of Ramsgate. Chief executive for the charity Gavin Grant said: “We welcome the call for a full review into live exports and are pleased that MPs across all parties recognise the suffering being caused and are determined to do something about it. We challenge the Minister’s confidence that supervised loading of animals is acceptable – our inspectors who are at the port for every sailing see that this is no substitute for proper inspections of the animals at the port.
 
“The RSPCA is currently considering taking on a Judicial Review in the High Court into live exports, following Thanet Council’s recent decision to pull out of a Judicial Review.”By Nicholas Robinson 17 December, 2012http://www.meatinfo.co.uk/news/fullstory.php/aid/15026/MPs_call_for_live_export_review.html