Thursday, 17 November 2011

One Way Ticket, or 8 Hours Mark II

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) is running a movement echoing that of the 8 Hours campaign conveying dismay at the immense suffering millions of animals endure whilst being transported across Europe, they have entitled the campaign One Way Ticket.

The CIWF website provides a link to the European Commission’s new report on the protection of live animals during transport and notes that it does not recommend any changes to the current legislation.  Read the report here.

The current legislation (Regulation 1/2005 on the protection of animals during transport) points out that “Long journeys are likely to have more detrimental effects on the welfare of animals than short ones” and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) released a scientific opinion this year which said transport of live animals, where possible should be avoided. (Taken from the CIWF website)
CIWF points out that although the report recognises parts of legislation are “not in line with current scientific knowledge” and that making sure the regulations are followed by members of the EU is a “major challenge” it does not propose any amendments to the legislation.

Write to your MEP urging them to ask Commissioner John Dalli to recognise that a limit must be placed on the journey times animals are enduring and that the law is strongly enforced in every member state. (The link will take you to a readily prepared message)

Write to your MP asking for UK Parliament to update the law to allow British ports to ban cruel trades on the grounds of animal welfare and to amend the existing legislation in order to bring it up to date. (The link will take you to a readily prepared message)

Please note:  Like the 8 Hours campaign, the actions involving writing to MP’s and MEP’s are only for UK residents but the CIWF website has some advice for how you can help too and please do follow the actions below.

Sign the petition calling for the Government to take action to end live exports. (You can sign this no matter where you live)

Sign the 8 hours petition if you haven’t already.

Join the Facebook page run by Ian Driver a local councillor who is trying to end live exports through the port of Ramsgate.

Only buy organic milk and dairy products and encourage your family and friends to do the same.

Support Kent Action Against Live Exports (KAALE) and their monthly demos on transport.

That's enough for you to be getting on with but if you have any more time to spare please remember to share this with your friends!

Thank you.

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