Thursday, 26 February 2015

Labour Betrays Ramsgate Live Exports

Green Party Councillor and Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for South Thanet, Ian Driver,  says he is “extremely surprised and very disappointed” that the Labour Party’s recent policy statement on animal welfare is  silent  on the live export of farm animals for slaughter in Europe. Launched last week by shadow Environment Secretary, Maria Eagle Labour: Protecting Animals commits a future Labour government to maintaining the hunting ban, banning wild animals from circuses, ending the badger cull, regulating dog breeding and protecting endangered species across the world, which are all excellent commitments which must be supported.  But nowhere does it mention live animal exports.
Said Driver “in the 4 years since live exports began at Ramsgate Port over 200,000 sheep and calves have been exported, in some of the most barbaric and cruel conditions imaginable, to Europe for slaughter. The trade from Ramsgate led to the deaths of 47 sheep at the port in 2013 and the prosecution of the transporters in 2014 for animal cruelty. But unbelievably this industrial scale cruelty and abuse has not registered on Labour’s conscience”.

Driver, is a leading campaigner  against live exports from Ramsgate. He faces  prosecution at Margate Magistrates Court later this year for taking direct action against the trade  at a demonstration in 2014.  He says that animal welfare campaigners in Thanet, the RSPCA  and Compassion in World Farming have been lobbying the Labour Party over the past 4 years to work to change European rules to outlaw live farm animal  exports for the UK to the continent. I’m
Green Party South Thanet PPC Ian Driver Speaking At Live Export Rally Ramsgate November 2014
saddened that all this lobbying appears to have fallen on deaf ears  and has been totally ignored by Labour, especially considering that live exports are taking place in a constituency that they recently  held. I'm flabbergasted that Labour has the bare-faced cheek claim it “is the only party to trust on animal welfare” when it turns its back on the appalling and criminal treatment of the farm animals being exported from Ramsgate” and ignores the pleadings of hundreds of local people who have lobbied, signed petitions, turned up to marches and demonstrations demanding an end to this cruel trade. Is it any wonder people are losing faith in Labour.
Driver Protesting at Ramsgate Port Gates

1 comment:

  1. This is the dreadful purpose Thanet Council is keeping the loss making port open for.
    There should be billboards all around Thanet telling all the Council Tax payers they are subsidizing the live export trade, yes, supporting it with their own money.
    Why does nobody wake up to this fact?
    Partly because Cllr Everitt the member responsible for Finance, and his like, keep telling lies about the port being profitable when it isn't, deliberately misleading the public, and nobody is prepared to disclose the honest truth.