Today, 1/2/19 is a day of great sadness for all of us who have been involved with live animal exports in the UK. Today marks the day when in 1995 our beloved Jill was crushed to death under the wheels of a livestock transporter carrying live calves into Coventry Airport for them to be flown to Europe and the crate systems that existed at the time – 1995.
Read a lot more about Jill and her history here:
On 1 February 1995, Phipps was one of 35 protesters at Coventry Airport in Baginton, protesting at the export of live calves to Amsterdam for distribution across Europe. Ten protesters broke through police lines and were trying to bring the lorry to a halt by sitting in the road or chaining themselves to it when Phipps was crushed beneath the lorry’s wheels; her fatal injuries included a broken spine.
She died on the way to the hospital accompanied by her brother Zab. Phipps’ death received a large amount of publicity, being brought up at Prime Minister’s question time in the House of Commons.
Jill was killed at the Coventry protests; Veal calf exports from Coventry Airport ended months later, when the aviation firm belonging to the pilot responsible for the veal flights, Christopher Barrett-Jolly, went bankrupt following accusations of running guns from Slovakia to Sudan in breach of EU rules.
In 2002 he was charged with smuggling 271 kg of cocaine worth £22 Million from Jamaica into Southend airport in Essex, England. He was given a 20 year prison sentence. Read more:
All these years (24 to be exact) on after Jill’s death fighting for animals; ceremonies and tributes are still held at this time to remember the ‘warrior of the rainbow’ who simply wanted the world to be a better place, and for animals to be respected in parallel to the human race.
Give a minute please to remember Jill today and what she died fighting for.
Even today; I still personally get upset a the loss of this beautiful person – there is no justice ! – I have seen, heard and smelt the calf export transporters – they bring shame to us all.
1/2/19 – Still Scottish farmers try to export live calves through England to Europe !
Even today (1/2/19) , this very morning; Scottish farmers intended to send their male calves; and unwanted ‘by product’ of the dairy industry, from Ramsgate port in England, to their deaths in Europe for meat eaters. Fortunately, todays sailing has been cancelled due to snow and bad weather conditions between Scotland and Ramsgate here in Kent on the SE coast of England, my home county. As Rab says in the fil, the common link throughout is one of mothers being separated from their children – dairy cows crying for their baby calves; and Nancy Phipps being separated from her daughter Jill who was killed at the protests.
1/2/19 Ramsgate sailing Update:
The proposed sailing of the Joline today has been cancelled due to the weather conditions for loading in Scotland. Thank you to all the efforts of our supporters who have made this happen.
WE ARE STILL HOLDING THE MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JILL PHIPPS AT RAMSGATE TODAY 12 TILL 2PM AND KEITH TAYLOR MEP IS STILL COMING SO YOU CAN QUESTION THE GREENS POLICY;
We are still holding the service at Dover tomorrow (2/2/19) 12 till 3pm.
THE SHIP IS STILL COMING ACROSS, IT SET OFF 30 MINUTES AGO AND IT IS TO STAND IN RAMSGATE UNTIL EITHER SUNDAY, WHEN THE EXPORTERS WANT TO SAIL OR MONDAY WHICH THE POLICE WOULD PREFER
WE WILL LET YOU KNOW AS WE NEED TO SEE THESE CALVES WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR SEVERAL DAYS NOW
Please try to come to the memorial