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No Voice, No Choice

“I am banging the ban long distance live exports drum again”, writes HOT’s Zelly Restorick. Michael Gove is apparently now considering not banning this cruel industry, post Brexit, but making some restrictions. If this is an issue you care about, now is the time to do something.

Thom Kofoed and I made this film a few years ago with the tech/computer help of HOT’s very own website man, Nick Weekes. The campaign to ban this trade has been going on for a couple of decades and although progress has been made (eg after significant media coverage in Scotland recently, P&O will no longer export live calves from Scotland), there is still a way to go.

Please watch our film – and if you care enough to do something, please contact Michael Gove at DEFRA via the petition below.

Please sign this petition by 38 Degrees: “No animal should have to travel hundreds of miles in the back of a lorry, sometimes trampled on, injured, overheated or hungry – only to be slaughtered at the end of the ordeal. But this is exactly what happens right now to the thousands of animals who are shipped abroad for slaughter from the UK each year.

“Earlier this year Environment Secretary Michael Gove looked set to ban this inhumane practice after Brexit. But under pressure from powerful industrial farming lobbyists, it looks like Gove is backtracking. Unless we turn up the pressure, this unnecessary suffering could continue.

“If Michael Gove receives thousands of emails today, he’ll know the public overwhelmingly supports a ban, and don’t want him to backtrack. He’ll be forced to listen to us and not the powerful lobbyists determined to continue this brutal and unnecessary practice. Will you email him now?

THANK YOU for your time and energy. From Thom and I, all the others involved in this campaign – and of course, the animals who have, as the film says, no voice and no choice.

To find out more about live exports, check out the Kent Action Against Live Exports website.

Posted 21:13 Monday, Sep 17, 2018 In: Campaigns

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