Calf’s gruelling 100-hour trip to Spanish abattoir shows that European solutions to stop the suffering of animals transported alive remain more pressing than ever
19 January 2019
The plight of a calf born on Christmas Day and sent on a journey of more than 100 hours for slaughter overseas has prompted renewed calls for a ban on live exports.
The unweaned calf was loaded with more than 200 others on to a lorry in Annan in southwest Scotland on January 9. Delays en route to Ramsgate in Kent and then on a vessel that took 14 hours to cross the Channel meant that it did not arrive at its destination, believed to be Spain, until January 14.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) said there appeared to have been several breaches of the regulations on live exports, which require animals to be unloaded after travelling for 19 hours.
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