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Protest over live animal exports from Ipswich

The deaths of 40 sheep being exported through Ramsgate has meant a switch to Ipswich Photo: RSPCA

Campaigner against the export of live animals have been protesting at the Port of Ipswich. It follows the death of more than 40 sheep on a lorry heading for the Port of Ramsgate last week. The controversial practice has been temporarily banned from the Kent port, but now the animals will be transported from Suffolk instead.

Live animal exports are legal under European Law. The last time Ipswich port was used to export live animals was in 2007. The vessel Joline will be transporting its cargo on the 12-hour journey from Ipswich to Calais.

It's not the first time animal exports from the Anglia region have caused controversy.

Five years ago the Port of Ipswich saw similar protests when lorries arrived to carry livestock to Europe.

Brightlingsea, in Essex, gained national prominence with large scale protests back in 1995.

Hundreds of campaigners laid siege to the port for almost a year and at times the campaign against the trade turned violent.

Click here for a report from ITV Meridian on the incident at Ramsgate.

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