Well, this is welcome news indeed.

According to the MSM and GOV.UK website it appears that the UK government is ready and willing to ban the barbaric practice of exporting live animals for slaughter and fattening.

According to the UK Environment Secretary, George Eustice

“Live animals commonly have to endure excessively long journeys during exports, causing distress and injury. Previously, EU rules prevented any changes to these journeys, but leaving the EU has enabled the UK Government to pursue these plans which would prevent unnecessary suffering of animals during transport and see us become the first country in Europe to end this practice.”

In addition

Chris Sherwood, CEO for the RSPCA said:

Ending live exports for slaughter and further fattening would be a landmark achievement for animal welfare.”

The only slight downside to the good news is the slightly odd situation that Northern Ireland will still be subject to EU regulation and even more strangely the ban does not apply to Poultry.

I suppose we shall understand more concerning this glaring oddity as time passes and the government releases its full consultancy documents.

The news will also remind animal lovers of the sacrifice made by Jill Phipps who in 1995 was crushed to death under a lorry during a protest to stop the air export of live calves for  in 1995 near Coventry Airport.

Click on the link below for more details of her fight to stop live animal transport by air:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Jill_Phipps

It does appear that this animal welfare victory in the UK should encourage others in Europe to challenge the EU regulations, however both farmers here (in the UK) and in the EU will not go quietly so look out for some legal fightback from them in the future.

For more information on this historic victory for animals and animal welfare, follow this link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-consults-on-ending-live-animal-exports-for-slaughter