03.07.2014

Seven out of ten British people want farm animals to be slaughtered in their country of origin. 

New research shows that 66 per cent of the British public are ‘appalled’ that live farm animals are transported long distances to the continent for slaughter. Around seven out of ten (69 per cent) people believe animals should be slaughtered in the country where they have been reared. Then their meat transported to the country where it will be sold.

Today, we, … Continue reading…

16.04.14

On Tuesday 15 April Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) voted to strengthen two proposed European laws, which will have an impact on the lives millions of animals.

The European Commission published the two bills last year – a proposed Animal Health Law, and a new Regulation on Official Controls. Together they aim to provide a modern, simple and risk-based approach to the protection of animal and human health.

However we believed the bills did not go far enough … Continue reading…

18.09.13

We are calling on the government to follow its own guidance on the export of live farm animals after new information revealed welfare checks apparently not being carried out in line with government commitments.

Nine months ago Animal Welfare Minister David Heath MP changed the welfare checks required to export live animals to the continent. He said every consignment would be checked at loading and a proportion again at the port of departure until the government were entirely satisfied … Continue reading…

06.08.13

Protesters report concerns about sheep due for live transport

The controversial live transport trade received another blow this week (Wednesday, 4 September) after a lorry full of sheep bound for the continent was turned away from the port of Dover, after four animal health officials boarded a lorry following concerns about an “exceptional” smell.

According to reports, a protester close to the road became concerned that the animals looked unwell and that an “exceptional” smell was emanating from the Continue reading…

29.08.13

The Charity Commission has today concluded that we are acting within our charitable purposes in conducting such campaigns as opposing the badger cull and the live export of animals for slaughter.

In its conclusion the Commission said:

“We are satisfied that it is reasonable for the RSPCA to decide that campaigning against the badger cull and live animal exports is justified in furtherance of their objectives”.

We have reconfirmed our publicly stated and long standing view, which is shared … Continue reading…