Protesters turned out as live animal exports resumed at the Port of Dover amid renewed calls for an end to the controversial trade.
A High Court injunction is to be served on Thanet District Council overturning its decision to suspend live animal exports through Ramsgate.
Animal right campaigners in Kent are celebrating tonight after what seems almost certainly the end of live exports from Ramsgate.
Click video. Live animal exports have restarted at Dover despite previous attempts by the port to ban the trade. Report from Derek Johnson.
The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a statement welcoming the resumption of live animal transport through the port of Dover today.
Following berthing trials of the MV Jolene, The Dover Harbour Board yesterday gave operator Barco de Vapor permission to run the service.
The union said the issue of animal transport "must be put into perspective. There is demand from Europe for both UK breeding livestock and animals destined for the food chain".
This is a perfectly legal, legitimate and valuable trade for English farmers. The MV Jolene will be sailing from Dover to Calais for a significantly shorter journey time, when compared with other ports, and this is a bonus for animal welfare.
Ideally we as an industry would like the ability to use the regular freight services from Dover which would mean a journey time of just an hour and a half and more frequent sailing.
Regulations are in place at a UK and EU level to ensure that all animal transport, including that going overseas, is not detrimental to animal health.
– NFU South East spokesman Frank Langrish
It is not in the commercial interests of anyone in the livestock trade to transport animals in a way that results in sick, injured or stressed animals.
The first truck carrying sheep for live animal export arrives at Dover Port.
Dover Harbour Board has confirmed that the resumption of live animal exports have been given the go ahead.
It said that following two berthing trials the ship, the MV Joline, has been given permission to commence a ferry service from the Port’s Eastern Docks.
The first service is due to happen on Thursday. It's unclear whether this will involve any live exports.
The RSPCA says it's disappointed after the High Court backed an earlier decision not to allow a judicial review into live animal exports from Ramsgate. It comes after more than 40 sheep had to put down at the port last September. The animal charity has vowed to keep fighting to end the trade.
The RSPCA will find out today whether they have got permission for a full judicial review into live animal exports from Ramsgate in Kent.
It comes after more than 40 sheep had to put down at the port last September.
The animal charity wants to see tighter controls on the trade.
The very real possibility that live animal exports could resume from the Port of Dover has brought protests from animal rights supporters - and fury from the RSPCA.
This afternoon, berthing trials took place in the Eastern Docks in preparation for what many farmers hope will be a renewal of the trade between Britain and continental Europe. Tom Savvides reports.
Protesters have gathered at Dover in Kent, as the French ship 'Joline' arrives for berthing trials. The vessel's crew are testing the feasibility of returning the live animal exports trade to the port.
The ship 'Joline' has arrived at the Port of Dover to take part in berthing trials amid plans to return animal exports to the town.