Actress Joanna Lumley will launch a new advertising campaign to end long distance animal transportation today.
Last year there was a significant increase in live calves and sheep being exported from Britain to the continent compared to the year before, according to Compassion in World Farming.
Lumley will unveil the charity’s national bus advertising campaign on a Routemaster bus in London’s Trafalgar Square. The charity hopes the adverts will highlight the resurgence in live exports from this country and the situation across the rest of the world, where journeys can sometimes last for several weeks. Investigations by animal welfare groups across Europe have found animals suffer undue strain and stress from travelling in cramped, overcrowded conditions, often with no access to water or food.
Some collapse on to the floor of the vehicle where they risk being trampled by their companions while many become ill or injured and do not survive the journey to their destination.
The only port used for exports to the continent as from May last year was Ramsgate in Kent and the charity is calling on the authorities there to raise the price they charge.
Compassion in World Farming director of public affairs, Joyce D’Silva, said: “Good farmers want to know the fate of their animals when they leave the farm.
“Compassion calls on the farmers who still export their animals to find a market for them in the UK and spare them the horrors of the live export trade.
“We also urge the government to fight hard at the negotiating table in Brussels to set much shorter maximum journey times for animals in transit, preferably no more than eight hours.”