Live animal exports debate

The MP for South Thanet is to launch a debate into live animal exports later at the House of Commons.

View from the Commons

MPs have been debating the future of live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate. Animal rights groups, and some MPs want the practice banned after several animals had to be destroyed.

Now the all-party animal welfare committee may investigate the circumstances The MP for the port is the South Thanet's Laura Sandys. Fred Dinenage has been speaking to her about the issue.

Kent MP to lead Commons debate over live animal exports

Protest against live animal exports
Protest against live animal exports through Ramsgate

The MP for South Thanet, Laura Sandys, is to play a key role in a parliamentary debate on the live animal exports trade today. The Conservative politician wants the trade to be banned, but is expected to call for more stringent welfare rules in the meantime - while the trade continues.

Although they were banned following an incident earlier this year, live animal exports have resumed in Ramsgate, part of the MP's constituency in Kent.

The issue has been controversial, with protesters demonstrating at the Port of Ramsgate each time a shipment takes place.

Live animals exports
Live animals exports have come under the spotlight
Laura Sandys MP
Laura Sandys MP to debate live animal exports in Parliament

The MP wants tougher inspections on firms which carry out live animal exports, and hopes stricter rules will make it more difficult to unprofitable to export live animals from the UK.

She said: "We aren't yet going to be able to stop the trade, but we might be able to price it out of the market, I would like all exports to be banned, but it is going to be very difficult to get there.".

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