Protests as animal exports resume

Protesters turned out as live animal exports resumed at the Port of Dover amid renewed calls for an end to the controversial trade.

Export ban to be overturned

A High Court injunction is to be served on Thanet District Council overturning its decision to suspend live animal exports through Ramsgate.

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Live exports moved from Kent

Animal right campaigners in Kent are celebrating tonight after what seems almost certainly the end of live exports from Ramsgate.

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Animal export company deny deaths of 40 sheep

Video. An animal export company is denying that its negligence lead to the deaths of more than 40 sheep at Ramsgate Port in 2012. The trail at Dover Magistrates involves Channel Livestock Limited, one of its officials and two of its drivers.

It is claimed that some sheep were not fit to travel and that the lorry they were on was not fit to carry them.

Derek Johnson was in court.

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Campaigners march through London

Campaigners from the south east have been supporting a march in London against the practice of live animal exports.

The group Compassion in World Farming planned a peaceful march against the live export of farm animals, to highlight what it calls "a hidden trade".

By marching through London, our supporters are sending a clear message that we are demanding action to be taken to end live exports for good."

– Philip Lymbery, CEO of Compassion in World Farming

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Live exports at Dover given go-ahead

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The MV Jolene during trials at Dover Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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