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Council abandons live export fight

Thanet Council has announced that it has lifted its temporary ban on live animal exports through the Port of Ramsgate with immediate effect.

It says it will continue to pursue other avenues to stop the trade but has had to consider the high cost of continuing legal action.

A High Court hearing had been scheduled to take place on December 11 after exporters sought a judicial review into the council's decision to impose a temporary ban.

The council’s decision also follows news that Defra has been undertaking a review into an incident at the port in September in which more than 40 animals had to be slaughtered.

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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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BREAKING NEWS: Live export trucks now arriving

Sheep and lambs have begun arriving in Ramsgate as live exports resume at the port.

Animal rights campaigners are watching 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.

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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