29 November 2014
Mark Dawes (pictured above, left) from Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party joined other Greens on the march against the live exports on Saturday 29th November in Ramsgate. The march was held in Ramsgate as that is where live exports are taking place. It ended with a rally with speakers that included Green Party leader Natalie Bennett.
The aim of the march was to highlight that the live export of farm animals continues – largely hidden from view – and to urge the government to take action to allow UK ports to refuse to accept live exports. The live export trade is cruel and unnecessary, yet every year tens of thousands of sheep and calves endure long journeys by road and sea across Europe. After suffering overcrowding in unsuitable vehicles with little or no access to food or water, and extremes of heat and cold, they are often killed on arrival at their destination.
“The live export trade is cruel and should be stopped,” said Mark Dawes of Waltham Forest and Redbridge Green Party. “If live exports continue, thousands of animals will be condemned to unnecessary suffering,” he added.