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.

Ramsgate, Kent, animal exports

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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Berthing trials for live animal exports

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.

Protest marks animal exports ship arrival for trials

Live animal exports protesters
Protesters gather at Dover ahead of the resumption of animal exports at the port

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 arrives at Dover
Live animal exports ship Joline arrives at Dover for berthing trials

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Animal exporters to sue over loss of earnings

Thanet Council is being sued by live animal exporters for loss of earnings during last year's ban on using Ramsgate port.

The ban was put in place after more than 40 sheep had to be put down. But the suspension was overturned following a High Court ruling which sparked a series of protests.

The case is due to be heard in another division of the High Court with three Dutch companies pursuing claims against the Council.

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