Target: Theresa May, British Prime Minister
Goal: Immediately ban cruel live exports where animals suffer horrific travel conditions for weeks before being slaughtered.
Cruel live exports continue in Britain despite overwhelming public condemnation of the barbaric trade. The first shipment of live animals recently arrived by truck to the Port of Ramsgate, in Kent, United Kingdom, from where they will be transported to foreign countries. The practice involves living animals raised in Britain being transported for weeks by ship, train and truck, often receiving inadequate food, water and care, to other countries to be slaughtered for their meat. While live exports were banned in 2012 after more than 40 sheep died, the ban was later overturned by the High Court.
Many animals do not survive being transported over such long distances. For instance, two sheep drowned at Ramsgate port in 2012, and 44 had to be destroyed the same year after they were found to be suffering from poor health. There is hope that Britain’s upcoming departure from the European Union could be an opportunity for the government to ban live exports.
Sign this petition urging the new British Prime Minister to use Brexit as a chance to alleviate animal suffering by banning live exports out of the U.K. once and for all.
Dear Mrs. May,
The barbaric practice of exporting living animals to be slaughtered abroad remains legal, despite the incredible cruelty involved. Exported animals suffer horrid conditions and inadequate food, water and veterinary care for weeks on end. Many succumb to the perils of the voyage. In fact, two sheep drowned at Ramsgate Port in September 2012 and 44 had to be destroyed after it was found that they suffered from a health issue.
While the practice was banned in 2012, this laudable decision was then overturned, making this cruel trade legal once again. Please use your influence to alleviate animal suffering by putting an end to live exports out of the U.K. once and for all.
[Your Name Here]
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