Kent Green Party is appalled by reports that live exports may resume from Ramsgate. Steve Campkin, Animal Rights Campaigns Officer for Kent Green Party, comments:
"The return of live exports from Ramsgate would be a step backwards for animal rights in this country. As long ago as 2002, three quarters of the public were opposed to live exports. The global problem of live exports depends upon the failure of governments to stand up for animal rights (1).
“Our own Government, by failing to act, promotes more suffering for the animals. Why is the British Government not supporting British small-scale organic farmers through subsidies, and encouraging reduced meat consumption, or avoiding meat altogether, for their own health as well as for the animals. When buying meat people should be able to afford and choose British reared, organically-fed and free range.
"The Coalition Government has also failed to ban animals from circuses (2); instigated a badger cull (3); and appears to be engaging in a general attack upon animal welfare legislation (4).
"No community wants to be tarnished by being associated with cruelty to animals. Kent Green Party fully appreciates that Thanet District Council has taken a stand against the resumption of live exports. The Council must now consider other measures to thwart any attempt to introduce live exports to Ramsgate using all reasonable non-violent means(5)."
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FURTHER INFORMATION: Steve Campkin Animal Rights Campaigns Officer, Kent Green Party on 07964 867589 - firstname.lastname@example.org
. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe and published by Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF.
1. SEE: http://www.ciwf.org.uk/what_we_do/live_transport/default.aspx
2. SEE: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/government-rejects-ban-on-wild-animals-in-circuses-2283730.html and http://www.ad-international.org/animals_in_entertainment/go.php?id=2133&ssi=0