A bill has been proposed in Parliament that would allow local authorities to refuse to accept live exports through British ports of animals for slaughter. Currently they have no choice. I have written to my MP, Kevin Foster, asking him to support the bill. Please can you contact your MP too?
We now have the chance to amend the antiquated 19th-century Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act. Current interpretation of this law forces British public ports to allow lorries squashed full of frightened animals to pass through, even if they want to reject this trade. The new bill would allow local authority ports to say “No” to live exports for slaughter abroad.
However, in order for the amendment to become law, it needs MPs to vote it through. The 'Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847 (Amendment) Bill 2016-17' is expected to have its second reading on the 4th November. Please can you contact your MP before that date urging them to support this bill? You can write or email directly or, if you're not sure what to write, CIWF has a template email on this page of their website which you can send as is or personalise.
Please contact your MP now