Today (Thursday 12 September) marks the first anniversary of the Ramsgate live exports tragedy, yet sadly new government figures reveal that less than 40% of animal transport lorries are being inspected at the port.

 

At 11am today, the RSPCA along with other animal groups and Kent residents came together at the Port of  Ramsgate to lay a floral tribute in remembrance of the 47 sheep that lost their lives at the dock on this day in 2012*.
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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…

23.08.13

Four lorries of sheep and calves arrived at the Dover Docks this morning and sailed to Calais, with a further shipment expected later today.

Today marks the biggest shipment of animals from Dover since trade resumed from the port in May.

The lorries were loaded onto the boat, the Joline, a flat-bottomed Russian tank carrier designed to work in rivers not the open sea, in the early hours of the morning. A further shipment is expected this afternoon at … Continue reading…

23.07.13

As temperatures soar we are stepping up our drive to get inspectors into Dover Port to check the welfare of animals being exported.

Since the live export trade moved from Ramsgate to Dover in May our inspectors have been stopped from checking the welfare of animals being shipped abroad and despite writing to the Harbour Board, have been refused entry.

Chief Inspector Dermot Murphy said:

“With sweltering summer temperatures it has never been more important for our inspectors to

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24.05.13

We are calling on the people of Dover to support us in a bid for our inspectors to be allowed into the port to monitor live exports.

Live exports resumed from the Port of Dover in Kent this month, after previously sailing from Ramsgate for over a year, but our inspectors have not been granted permission to enter the port.

We applied for permission to be present in the port to safeguard the welfare of the animals but received Continue reading…