Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Dover Harbour Board Must Change Live Animals Policies

Kent Green Party is calling on the Dover Harbour Board to re-consider its decision not to allow the RSPCA to observe the loading of live farm animals on to the ferry Joline for export to Europe from the port. The trade which moved back to Dover earlier this month, after operating from Ramsgate for 2 years, has been branded by the RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming as "cruel and barbaric."
Thanet District Green Party Councillor Ian Driver(1), who organised the protest against live animal exports from Ramsgate, comments:
"The presence of the RSPCA at Ramsgate forced the Governments Animal Health Agency to up its game and check the lorries full of animals much more thoroughly than before. This made the business of the exporters a lot harder and that's why they are shifting to Dover because they think they can hide their appallingly cruel trade from the eyes of our country's animal welfare champions the RSPCA. I will be attending the Annual Consultative Meeting of the Dover Harbour Board on May 20th to ask why they have banned the RSPCA. By excluding RSPCA inspectors the Board risks damaging its reputation and signalling that high standards are no longer important.
"I will also be asking the Harbour Board to step up to the mark and use its influential position in the British Ports Association to encourage all ports in the country to allow the RSPCA inspectors to observe loadings of live animal exports and to begin a long overdue debate within the industry about allowing Ports to refuse this awful trade."
On the 7th June there is to be a public meeting at 6.30 pm at Dover town Hall to discuss the exporters move to Dover port. It will have speakers including: Gavin Grant of the RSPCA, Dil Peeling from Compassion in World Farming and Charlie Elphicke, Dover MP(2).

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FURTHER INFORMATION: Councillor Ian Driver, 45 Sea View Road, Broadstairs CT10 1BX Email: ianddriver@yahoo.co.uk Phone: 07866 588766. Contact address as above. Promoted by H.Dawe for Kent Green Party, both at 27 Audley Avenue, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 1XF. KENT GREEN NEWS, free ezine, is available by subscription at www.kentgreenparty.org
Notes:
1.      Ian Driver has joined the Green Party recently, see separate release.
2.      In addition to the photo opportunity of the Public meeting, Dover Harbour Board's Annual Consultative Meeting will take place on Monday, May 20th at The Ark, Noah's Ark Road, Dover, Kent, starting at 5pm. The meeting will be picketed by Kent Action Against Live Exports [photo opportunity]. On the next day, Tuesday 21st May, is the trial of the exporters over the incident at Ramsgate port last 12th September when 46 sheep died. This starts at 10am at Canterbury Magistrates Court. Once again KAALE will be there to picket [photo opportunity].

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