RSPCA – Live transport – Take Action

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Almost all farm animals will be transported at some point in their lives. Some animals are transported to different areas of the country or to different farms or buildings to fit in with the changing seasons or their stages of growth. Some farm animals are also transported to livestock markets to be sold, and most are eventually transported to an abattoir (slaughterhouse) to be slaughtered/killed.

If animal welfare is not a priority during live transport, there can be a high risk of animal suffering. The handling during loading onto and unloading from vehicles can be stressful, and during transport animals may be faced with strange sights, movements, noises, smells and unfamiliar animals.

Heat stress, lack of good ventilation and long periods without food, water or rest can add to the welfare problems.

Zero tolerance to welfare breaches at the ports

We believe that live transportation must be kept to a minimum. Animals should be slaughtered close to the farms where they were reared and long-distance transportation of livestock for slaughter should be replaced with a ‘meat carcass-only’ trade.

During transport, higher welfare standards should be used and the animals looked after by competent and caring staff.

We are working in a number of different ways to improve the conditions in which all animals are transported.

The Campaign

Every year millions of animals including calves, sheep, dogs and horses are transported all over the EU.

Since the live export trade from Ramsgate re-opened in 2011 many thousands of animals including calves, sheep and horses have suffered being shipped overseas through its port. We’re monitoring the trade from Ramsgate and have concerns on the boat being used. We’re urging the government not to issue licenses if there are concerns that transport times laid down in law will be broken. We want to see:

  • An end to long-distance transport of live animals in favour of a ‘carcass-only’ trade
  • maximum eight-hour journey time for all animals travelling for slaughter or ‘further fattening’
  • Better enforcement of the current rules on live transport across the EU – including more frequent and thorough checks.

How can I help?

We’re outraged that the European Commission has rejected the ‘8 hours’ petition with over 1 million signatures against long distance live transport. Take action now and urge the Commission to accept the signatures and act on this urgent issue!

Petition Link:-http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/farm/livetransport/takeaction

News Link:http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/farm/livetransport/-/article/CAM_livetransportation

 

 

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Cat swing trial: Animal cruelty case thrown out due to lack of evidence

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Riain Richards, 20, was alleged to have swung the black cat around by its tail about 17 times in 30 seconds in front of friends who cheered him on.

Shocking: A man was caught on CCTV swinging a cat around by its tail

The case against a man accused of swinging a cat by its tail in the street was thrown out of court today because of a lack of evidence.

After hearing the prosecution‘s case against 20-year-old Riain Richards, magistrates decided there was not enough evidence for a conviction and no case to answer.

Richards, of Clements Road, Ramsgate, Kent, was alleged to have swung two-year-old Mowgli around about 17 times in 30 seconds in front of friends who cheered him on, Dover Magistrates’ Court was told.

Richards denied causing unnecessary suffering to the cat on October 29 last year. The court heard that the attack would have left the cat physically and mentally traumatised.

Magistrate Gillian Monk said: “Cruelty of any description is abhorrent to civilised society and we are saddened and sickened by the way that the cat was tortured that morning.

Mrs Monk said that, having considered all the evidence present and submissions made by both sides, there was no case to answer.

She said: “The CCTV and photographic evidence presented is of such poor quality that it is hard to identify any distinguishing features.

“No forensic evidence was found at Mr Richards’ home or on his computer. “Nothing we have seen or heard has securely placed his hands on that cat.”

The court was told that the incident, which took place near The Camden Arms in La Belle Alliance Square, Ramsgate, was captured on CCTV which was released by the RSPCA.

It shows the animal’s attacker seemingly dancing down the road with the black cat at arm’s length. The animal is then seen hitting the arm of another man.

Grainy: The court heard that the CCTV footage was too poor quality to identify Riain Richards

RSPCA prosecutor Rowan Jenkins said Lynne Jarvis, a neighbour of the cat’s owner, Michelle Buchanan, looked out of her window when she heard a commotion outside.

Since the incident the cat has been too frightened to go outside and his behaviour has dramatically changed, she said.

CCTV of the attack was seen by a vet who said the cat would have suffered physical and mental trauma from being swung at such force, the court was told.

Video & News Link:-http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/cat-swing-case-thrown-out-858975

INVESTIGATION: LIVE CALF EXPORTS FROM THE UK TO SPAIN

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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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