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Ipswich ports stops export of livestock

One shipment of live sheep was shipped through Ipswich docks on Friday 20 September Credit: ITV Anglia

Live animal exports have been suspended from the port of Ipswich. The owner of the Suffolk port made the decision after lorries full of livestock arrived at Ipswich for the first time in five years on Friday 20 September.

The trade had earlier been banned in Kent following the death of more than 40 sheep

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Suffolk port suspends live animal exports

The owners of Ipswich port have said they'll suspend the live transport of animals to Europe.

Lorries full of livestock arrived at the Suffolk port last Friday under police escort after the practice had been banned in Kent following the death of more than 40 sheep.

It was the first time in five years live animals had been exported from the town.

Gavin Grant, RSPCA Chief Executive, said; "I am delighted that ABP have suspended this dire trade. They are taking their responsibilities seriously to the animals.

Public meeting over animal exports

Animal exports resumed from the Port of Ipswich
Animal exports resumed from the Port of Ipswich Credit: ITV Anglia

Two animal welfare charities will hold an emergency public meeting tonight following the export of live animals from the Port of Ipswich last week.

Lorries full of livestock arrived at the Suffolk town's West Bank terminal last Friday under police escort.

It was the first time in five years live animals had been exported from Ipswich after the practice was banned in Kent.

Now the RSCPA and the Compassion in World Farming are calling for the public to help them stop the practice. They're organising a meeting at the Corn Exchange on Friday evening.

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Protests over live animal exports from Ipswich

The Anglia region has seen a return of a controversial trade which split communities and turned ports into battlegrounds.

During the mid 1990s there were violent protests at Brightlingsea in Essex as animal campaigners tried to prevent live animal exports. They branded the practice cruel.

Now the trade has resumed at the Port of Ipswich after a five year hiatus and more protests are expected

Protest as livestock exports are switched to Ipswich

Ipswich could be at the centre of a protest against live animal exports after a ship which was due to leave Ramsgate in Kent is to dock in Suffolk instead.

The Joline will be transporting livestock from across the UK to Calais. Campaigners from Ramsgate are on their way to Ipswich to protest.

It follows the suspension of live animal exports from the Kent port after the deaths for more than 50 sheep earlier this week.

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