Craig vs Live Exports

I think live animal exports are cruel and unnecessary - here's what I'm doing to stop them...

May 2016

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

I introduced a 'Ten-Minute Rule Bill to Parliament which would remove the obstacle in UK law preventing Thanet District Council from banning live-animal-exports.  The Bill passed its first stage and gathered a significant amount of media attention, putting the issue back on the agenda.

June 2016

Port of Ramsgate, Kent

In June I invited George Eustice, the Environment Minister to the Port of Ramsgate to discuss Live-Exports.  He agreed with me that this practice was abhorrent and said that Britain after Brexit would be free to ban this practice.


JULY 2016

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

In July I brought my Bill back to the House of Commons, this time as a 'Presentation Bill', where it was placed on the House’s Schedule for its second reading.  It was to be debated on 25th November.

Credit: @IanDDriver

Credit: @IanDDriver

August 2016

Port of Ramsgate, Kent

On the 26 August I joined protesters to speak out of the cruelty of the live-export trade and promote my Bill to put a stop to it.


November 2016 & March 2017

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

On both November 25th and subsequently, March 24th, I was deeply disappointed to not be given the Parliamentary time required for me to present my Bill for a second reading. On both occasions, the bills scheduled before mine on the list took up the full allotted time. Although this is not what we would have liked, I want to assure all supporters and campaigners that I will not give up on changing the law, and will be sure to continue the fight once Parliament returns.

Now that we have voted to leave the European Union, this leaves the UK in a better situation to ban live animal exports. The European Commission have been firm in that they would not accept any change in UK law regarding live animal exports because it would break EU rules on the free movement of goods. I am hopeful that once negotiations progress with the EU, the issue will gather more support and coverage across the UK and finally put a stop to this barbaric practice.

Once Parliament returns after the General Election, if I am re-elected, I will continue to push this issue forward and resubmit my Bill for consideration. On this issue, I will not stop until we are successful.

How can you help?

1. If you don't live in South Thanet, email your MP and ask them to back my Bill on the 24th March.  It is called the: Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (Amendment) Bill 2016-17.

2. Share this page on Facebook and Twitter and let people know about my campaign to put a stop to the cruelty.

3. Fill out you details below to back the bill and sign-up as a co-sponsor.

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