UK Bans Live Animal Exports in Landmark Decision

In a landmark decision, the UK Parliament has officially approved a ban on the export of live animals for fattening or slaughter, concluding a relentless 50-year campaign by animal protection organizations. This historic move is set to alleviate the suffering of millions of farmed animals subjected to harsh conditions during transport, including extreme temperatures, overcrowding, hunger, dehydration, illness, and exhaustion. The new legislation reflects the overwhelming support of 87% of UK voters and aligns the nation with a growing global movement against live animal export cruelty. Countries like Brazil and New Zealand have recently enacted similar bans, signaling a worldwide shift towards more humane treatment of animals. This victory is a testament to the tireless efforts of groups such as Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE), and Animal Equality, which have been pivotal in advocating for this cause through public actions and governmental lobbying. The ban not only marks a significant milestone in animal welfare but also paves the way for a more compassionate future.
In a landmark ‍decision, the UK Parliament has officially approved a ban on the export of live animals for fattening or slaughter, concluding​ a relentless 50-year campaign by animal protection organizations. This historic⁢ move‍ is set to alleviate the suffering ⁢of millions of farmed animals subjected to harsh conditions during transport, including extreme temperatures, overcrowding, ⁣hunger, dehydration, illness, and exhaustion. The new legislation‌ reflects the overwhelming support of 87% of UK voters and aligns the nation with a growing global movement against live animal export cruelty. Countries like Brazil and New Zealand have recently ⁤enacted similar bans, signaling​ a worldwide shift⁣ towards more humane treatment of animals. ⁤This victory is a testament ‍to the tireless efforts of groups such as Compassion in​ World Farming (CIWF), Kent⁤ Action Against Live Exports (KAALE), and Animal Equality, which have been ‍pivotal in advocating for this⁣ cause ​through public actions and governmental lobbying. The ban not only marks a significant milestone in animal welfare but⁣ also ⁢paves the way for a more compassionate future.

The UK Parliament has finally approved a ban on live animal transport, bringing five decades of advocacy to a close.

A new law in the UK will end the export of farmed animals for fattening or slaughter, ending decades of suffering for millions of animals. This law marks the end of 50 years of campaigning by various animal protection organizations, including Animal Equality.

Suffering during export

Each year, over 1.5 million UK animals face extreme conditions–including excessive temperatures–on their long journeys abroad. Overcrowding, hunger, dehydration, illness, and exhaustion worsen their suffering.

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UK Bans Live Animal Exports in Landmark Decision July 2024
UK Bans Live Animal Exports in Landmark Decision July 2024

Global movement on the rise

With over 87% of UK voters supporting a ban on live animal export, the UK now joins a global movement seeking to end live export cruelty.

Recently, Brazil banned the export of live cows from all the country’s ports, while New Zealand banned the export of live cows, sheep, deer, and goats by sea for slaughter, fattening and breeding. Gradually, the world continues its shift toward a more compassionate future for animals.

A long road to victory

Organizations such as Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) have been at the forefront of this campaign. Animal Equality has supported this campaign by taking part in public actions and writing to government officials.

An opinion piece by Animal Equality’s Executive Director in the UK, which highlighted the growing risks of live transport, was also published in The Ecologist. This article went viral, educating millions on the impact of animal transport and the need for a ban.

UK Bans Live Animal Exports in Landmark Decision July 2024
Animal Equality protests in the UK demanding an end to live animal exportation

This is a great day to celebrate and one that has been awaited for a long time. For decades, animals have endured these foolish and arduous exports to the continent, but no longer! I am very proud of our supporters, whose dedication and persistence contributed to this hard-fought victory.

Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming (CIWF)

The fight continues

While the UK ban is a historic step for farmed animals, it is expected to face opposition from the factory farming industry and some political sectors. Animal advocates have pledged to monitor the situation and ensure the ban is implemented effectively.

UK Bans Live Animal Exports in Landmark Decision July 2024
Animal Equality protests in 2024 at Puerta del Sol demanding an end to live animal exportation

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Notice: This content was initially published on animalEQUALITY.org and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Humane Foundation.

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