Worldwide campaign calls for end to long-distance live-export trade
TWENTY years ago this week, nearly 70,000 sheep perished when a ship carrying them caught fire in the Indian Ocean, in the world’s worst live exports disaster.
Since then, little has changed for the millions of animals worldwide sent on grim journeys overseas – prompting thousands of people in at least 70 countries to lobby their governments, demanding a ban on the trade.
In the first ever global drive against long-distance live transport, campaigners from Canada to Kazakhstan, Israel to Argentina and Sierra Leone to Australia, called on their governments to halt animal exports and instead ship out carcasses.
In London, hundreds of people marched on Westminster to tell MPs the vote for Brexit means the UK can and must introduce a ban.