Earlier this year, when Joanna Lumley launched our bus advert campaign against live farm animal exports from the UK, she also announced our plan to trail a shipment of British calves to Europe.

Thanks to the generous response of supporters like you, we were able to follow through on this plan. So, today, I want to share the findings of our undercover investigation, and update you on our One Way Ticket campaign. Please bear with me – this will be a long email, but there is so much to tell you.

Can you help?

To mark one year since live exports began through Ramsgate, local campaigners are staging a rally in the town on 20th May. And, using the findings from our investigation, Compassion will again be backing the call for a complete end to this trade.

But we know that the buck doesn’t stop with UK politicians. We know that every year long distance transport causes immeasurable suffering to millions of farm animals, across Europe and around the world.

Please will you consider making a donation today? Your support could help us:

  • Continue our face-to-face work across Europe, persuading policy-makers to acknowledge the cruelty of long distance transport.
  • Step up the public pressure on the World Organisation for Animal Health, who recently so spectacularly failed to protect the hundreds of cows who died aboard the Gracia Del Mar.
  • Demand tighter, properly enforced global regulation of animal transport to ensure that disasters like that on the Gracia Del Mar simply cannot happen again.

The good news is that, through the efforts of Compassion supporters and EU campaigners, over half of all MEPs recently signed Written Declaration 49/2011 on the transport of animals. This means that, in March 2012, an 8-hour limit on journey times was adopted as the official position of the European Parliament. Now, more than ever, we must keep up the pressure. We must persuade the European Commission to introduce legislation banning long distance transport. And then we must ensure that the rest of the world follows suit.

Together we can keep up the momentum. Together we can end the needless, desperately long journeys forced upon farm animals. With your donation, together, we can end this suffering

Exporting Calves to Cruelty: Ramsgate Investigation

Published on 9 May 2012 by 

In late 2011 Compassion in World Farming initiated a series of investigations into the export of live farm animals from the UK. And, in early 2012, generous donations from Compassion supporters enabled our team to continue the campaign, trailing a lorry carrying calves from the UK, through France and into Spain — simply to be fattened for the veal trade. These young calves were loaded on a farm in the west of England and transported, over a period of almost 60 hours, to a farm in northern Spain.

Find out more about the issues here: http://www.ciwf.org/transport

http://www.ciwf.org.uk/what_we_do/live_transport/investigation_live_calf_exports/default.aspx?appealcode=WE0512

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