Craig Mackinlay MP has joined residents from across Kent at an organised rally in Ramsgate to call for an end of live animal exports for slaughter from the UK as part of Compassion in World Farming’s day of action to stop live transport.
Protesters gathered at Royal Esplanade Gardens (Government Acre) to welcome the arrival of a lorry displaying the slogan ‘Trucking Hell’. The vehicle travelled from Scotland to symbolise the 468-mile route endured by young calves exported from Ramsgate Port.
During his speech, the South Thanet MP hailed the efforts of local campaigners over the years and said he will continue to stand firm against the live export trade until the campaign is successful.
Craig Mackinlay MP told campaigners:
“Inflicting needless suffering on live animals as they are exported for slaughter is not acceptable and must end.
“It’s a stain on Ramsgate that the live animal export trade in the UK is now wholly focused upon it, but the European Commission have been firm that they will not accept any change in UK law regarding live animal exports because it would break European Union rules on the free movement of goods.
“When we finally leave the EU, the UK will have the power to ban live animal exports and put a stop to this barbaric practice.”