CiWF completes successful London march

Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) held a peaceful protest in London on Saturday (10 August) in a bid to stop live exports of animals.

The march was aimed at lobbying the government to change its current legislation, which states that public ports in Britain are not allowed to refuse animals for export.

According to CiWF, transporting live animals for a long period of time is cruel and it has called for slaughtering or fattening to happen as near to home as possible.

The march had been very successful, Emma Slawinsky from CiWF said and added: “It was a fantastic march, with 500 people, which we were absolutely delighted about considering many people are on holiday this time of year.

“The reason we approached it was because live export is completely unnecessary and causes suffering for animals. We were in London because we wanted to approach the government as they have the power to stop it. We wanted to raise awareness with the general public and to give a strong message to environment secretary David Heath."

Slawinsky explained that many people attended from London and the surrounding areas, including Kent. “There was a lot of interest from passers-by, which was great, and we were chanting too,” she said.

Although CiWF has not yet had a response from the government, Slawinsky explained that they were continuing to lobby the cause, to change the Harbours, Docks, Piers Clauses Act 1847.

Slawinsky claimed that a change in legislation could be a solution to the problem, but said: “The response from David Heath is usually that he’s no fan of live exports, but he’s unable to ban it. However, our response is that you don’t have to ban it, you can stop it by changing the 1847 legislation, which says that if you arrive at a port, as long as you pay the fee, you can take the animals through,” she added.

Meanwhile, a Defra spokesperson told MeatInfo.co.uk before the protest last week: “Using any UK law to ban live animal exports would be illegal under EU free trade rules. We inspect all livestock at the start of the journey and they are checked at the port to ensure our strict animal welfare standards are upheld.”