Full enquiry launched into live exports from Dover

A full enquiry has begun into the resumption of live exports from the Port of Dover – a move welcomed by the RSPCA.

Livestock exports from Dover were resumed in May 2013, following two years of the practice taking place from Ramsgate.

The inquiry, opened by councillors at Dover District Council, followed a proposed motion from councillor Mike Eddy, in July last year, to oppose the resumption of the system, which sees animals transported to continental Europe before being slaughtered at destination.

The RSPCA has been campaigning for an end to all live transport, and for all meat to be transported ‘on the hook’.

It has been lobbying both the Dover Harbour Board and Animal Health to allow their inspectors to investigate and monitor the wellbeing of the animals, as they did in Ramsgate.

Eddy backed this proposal as part of his motion, which is now being looked at by the council’s scrutiny committee.

Lenny Rolles, senior parliamentary adviser, RSPCA, said: “Since the issue was discussed at the July full council meeting, over 100 lorries, which is more than 40,000 animals, have needlessly passed through the Port of Dover. We welcome that Dover District Council has begun the inquiry and the RSPCA will be submitting evidence.”

Charlie Elphicke, MP for Dover and Deal, said: “So long as these exports continue, it is important that the wellbeing of the animals is fully monitored at the port. I plan to visit Animal Health myself to press the case and see things for myself, and I continue to work closely with the RSPCA to be rid of these unwanted exports.”

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