Protests as live exports resume

Animal rights campaigners are gathering in Ramsgate in preparation for the first shipment of sheep since a ban on live animal exports was overturned.

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Protests at Ramsgate

Protesters hurled abuse at drivers and jostled with police as live animal exports resumed at a Kent port this morning. Seven trucks carrying sheep en route to the Continent passed through Ramsgate after a group of Dutch exporters won a court order overturning a ban on shipments.

About 100 animal rights campaigners gathered at the gates, at one point surrounding one of the lorry cabs as it tried to leave.

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Protesters return to Ramsgate as live exports resume

Protesters gather in Ramsgate Credit: Derek Johnson

Animal rights campaigners are gathering in Ramsgate in preparation for the first shipment of sheep since a ban on live animal exports was overturned.

The companies behind the exports won a High Court challenge earlier this week, saying Thanet District Council had no right to outlaw the practice.

First trucks to arrive with sheep and lambs expected around now.

Protesters gather in Ramsgate Credit: Derek Johnson

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