Protesters lose fight to ban animal exports out of Thanet
Sheep in a crate when
chaos erupted earlier this year
Protesters have lost their fight to stop live animal exports out
Port owner Thanet council today announced it was
immediately lifting its temporary ban on live exports
following legal advice.
It has now asked transporters, and owners of the ship Joline, to
drop their legal action against the authortiy.
As it stands, a judicial review into the ban is due to be heard
at the High Court on December 11.
The temporary ban imposed by the council had been lifted until
the outcome of that review.
In a statement released today, the council said it made the
decision after advice it was given suggested "the basis on
which the ban had originally been imposed could no longer be
It comes as government department Defra carries out a
review into what happened at the port on September
12, when dozens of sheep died in chaotic scenes.
Two sheep, one with a broken leg, were put down. Another 41
sheep are being shot as a vet found them to be severely
Sheep from a lorry deemed
unfit to travel at the Port of Ramsgate
In a further tragedy, sheep were loaded into an area where the
floor then collapsed - six sheep fell into the water and four
were rescued by nearby RSPCA officers, but two drowned.
It's unlikely the Defra review will suggest there will be more
facilities needed at the port.
member, Cllr Michelle Fenner, said: “Our position has always been
to work within the legal framework to ensure the welfare of
"The decision to impose the temporary ban at the port was not
taken lightly, following the horrific incidents in September, and
we still consider this action to have been correct.
“In terms of now having to lift the ban, our hand has again been
forced as we are duty bound to act in accordance with the law.
"We have to consider our absolute obligation to protect the
“As we’ve done everything in our power to get to this point, it
However, we have worked extremely hard in recent months and will
continue to push the agencies involved in whatever legal way we can
to ensure that the welfare of animals is protected.”
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