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
"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).
FURTHER INFORMATION: Councillor Ian Driver, 45 Sea View Road, Broadstairs
CT10 1BX Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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].