Dover Port in talks with animal exporters

EXPORTERS are in talks to resume animal exports from the port of Dover, it has emerged.

A spokeswoman for the Dover Harbour Board confirmed discussions had taken place, though no sailings are planned as yet.

The spokeswoman said: “As in previous years and on their initiative, we have been approached and had discussions with potential animal exporters about a resumption of that trade from Dover. 

“The port is legally obliged to seriously consider any application for this, or any other legal trade from the port, in an open minded way, consistent with the potential operator meeting all of the operational requirements laid down by the port and those laid down by government though DEFRA and other agencies.”

The Board halted the trade in live exports from the port in April 2011.

Since then live exports have continued from Ramsgate Port.

Farming unions believe the shorter route from Dover would improve animal welfare.

Readers' comments (7)

  • DONT DO IT!! We see in the press evryday the HORRORS that the animals go through on these journeys.FARMERS>If you want support of consumers show them you REALLY care about animal welfare,and DONT SELL to these people.

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  • I understand the NFU are calling on people to buy British. I would certainly support that. But then, that means they must support other countries also buying their own local produce in preference to imports. So let's help by stopping this barbaric trade in the export of live animals

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  • There should be a total ban on live exports. It is cruel and barbaric. This government should be ashamed of themselves because they have no compassion for farmed animals or our wildlife.

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  • In light of the fact that several of these exporters are now facing charges under the Welfare of Animals Act 2006 ( due to appear at Canterbury Magistrates on April 2nd) following the incident at Ramsgate in September,I would like to hear from those who have defended this trade accusing the campaigners of being hysterical activists.
    The live export trade is fraught with danger and hazards that cannot be controlled,it is outdated and unnecessary,promotion of it is fuelled by greed and has no regard for the welfare of livestock.
    No doubt,as it is legal,Dover,as with Ramsgate,will be forced to accept it but it will be met with as much resistance as displayed at Ramsgate,campaigners will merely move their operation to Dover docks .
    While I will always support the British farming industry it is to eternal shame of the government and the NFU who refuse to speak out against this abhorrence.

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  • No no no just look at the terrible things that happen ban live exports keep dover cruelty free

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  • Yet again ruthless greed, anyone exploiting animals for profit demonstrates a frighten lack of compassion. Stop all over border movements of live animals through europe. Why don't NFU speak out against this barbarity, Dover hang your head in shame for even considering this. Farmers are sick evil people.

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  • Simply................NO.
    (no how, under no circumstances, NEVER)

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