I have been personally involved with anti live animal exports for the last 30+ years, probably more like 35+ when I think about it. It was during the anti export campaigns from English South coast ports that Phil and I became friends all those years ago. He is now the CEO of Compassion In World Farming (CIWF) – Compassion in World Farming | Compassion in World Farming (ciwf.org.uk)
The live animal export trade has always been top of my real hate listings; and regardless of where it happens; I will try to give additional support to locals who are attempting to make a difference and get the trade stopped.
So, personally the very recent news in from Australia can only be positive for animals as far a I am concerned. I am English, not Australian, but follow the happenings in the Aus export trade very closely through the work of Animals Australia and others. The election results for Australia have only just started to arrive in the last day or so; but with a change in government now, it would appear that the (fed up) people are having their say about issues such as climate change, by putting ticks in boxes to attempt change. The feelings of most Australians about live animals exports was obviously another issue which influenced how some people voted.
Mr Philip Wollen is our WAV Patron; and he is an avid vegan and anti export campaigner; you can see him speak about the trade here:
Here below I am supplying you with some links relating to the trade and the recent election in Australia. Some are pre election articles, but they are all associated with the trade in some way. I quoted our good friends at Animals Australia earlier, and by being involved like them as an activist against the suffering, cruelty and abuses, I know they have the tenacity and never give up approach to getting a positive result for Australian animals. I wish them more than the very best; their work is tireless. Good victories never arrive overnight, and the live export trade is one of those massively long and drawn out battlefields. I am confident that in this year the UK will pass legislation that will completely stop the trade overseas in live animals. I know that the same will happen in Australia very soon due toy the endless endurance and work of good Australian citizens, some politicians and the masses of ‘normal’ citizens who have the balls to get up and speak out against the trade. People vote, and they have in the last few days made their feelings clear about animal exports and the very important issue of climate change.
The battle in Australian exports is nearly over; it is now simply a matter of time to submit this abysmal record of suffering and abuse into the history books where it should have been placed many years ago.
Be yourself, no matter what they say !
We have presented the undercover footage; we have taken to the streets and we have put our tick in the voting box. Governments either act and change things, or like the coal digger, you get removed by the electorate. They have a choice, listen and act on it, or maintain the status quo and face the consequences. Anyone with anything between their ears will listen to the people and act.
I said recently that I would try and write a little more about live animal exports from England.
‘I’ve met the Met, and got the bruises to prove it’.
The history of live animal exports from the UK has been a long and troublesome one; with most Brits supporting a ban on the export and consequent suffering of animals, whilst the exporters, hauliers and those involved in the business / trade sat strongly on the other side of the fence.
I (Mark) come from Kent county (SE England); and with Dover port being in Kent, it was for years a battleground for anti export campaigners and the pro export lobby. At one point, due to relentless and very effective campaigning by good people, Dover harbour banned the export of live animals. As a result, hauliers and exporters turned their attention to other facilities in Southern England to try and get the animals into Europe. Live calves were even flown out of Coventry airport to be crated in Europe; what with the UK boasting a ban on the use of veal crates, was it somewhat hypocritical for UK farmers to then send their calves to Europe to suffer a fate that had been banned in the UK on cruelty grounds ???
and the crating that resulted …
It was during the anti export protests at Coventry that Jill was run down and killed by an export truck:
Exporter Christopher Barrett-Jolley was behind the calf flights from Coventry; he was later jailed for being a Cocaine dealer which resulted in him being given a 20 jail sentence – read about it here:
I personally journeyed many times to Shoreham to take part in anti export protests whilst Dover (my patch) was closed down. There was a massive opposition to the trade as you can see in the film; the Met police from London had to be transported down to the SE port (at huge costs) every time there was a shipment – and in the end, it was these massive costs that stopped the trade from Shoreham. There is an old saying in animal rights protester circles that they met the Met (police) and have the bruises to prove it – please watch the video and decide for yourselves.
In the end after the High Court ruling which was undertaken by live animal exporter Peter Gilder; the trade returned to Dover. But, Shoreham and the unity of locals and the anti export protesters has and will always go down as one of the great stands by the Brits to defend the animals that cannot defend themselves.
April 1995 – Fury as live exports ban is lifted
Wednesday 12 April 1995
Dover is facing the threat of major disruption by protesters against the livestock export trade after a decision yesterday by the High Court that the port authority had acted illegally by banning the live animal traders from the port.
The court also ruled that Coventry airport and Plymouth City Council must allow live animal exports.
The landmark judgment, which in effect ensured the future of the trade for the foreseeable future, was greeted with glee by exporters and horror by animal rights campaigners. Mark Glover, of Respect for Animals, who orchestrated the original mass protests which led to the recent ban, predicted civil disobedience would close Dover to all traffic.
“The judges were calling for the rule of law to be upheld but they’ve wholly ignored the consequences of their judgment. We’ll be calling on all our supporters to take part in all the demonstrations against the trade and that will include Dover,” he said.
Jonathan Sloggett, managing director ofDover Harbour Board, said that when the trade restarted – probably after Easter – he feared there would be disruption for 99 per cent of Dover’s customers for the sake of the 1 per cent of animal export traffic.
He added: “The board has been, and remains, very concerned that the admission to the port of Dover of the trade in live animals for export will cause considerable disruption to all the other users of the port.
“The board very much hopes that all those who sincerely object on moral grounds to the exportation of live animals for slaughter will accept that Dover has a legal duty to admit this trade and cannot lawfully refuse to do so.”
Kent police have previously warned Dover that, in the event of any serious disturbance, the A2 and A20 approach roads to the port would have to be closed, causing widespread disruption. They are now drawing up plans for dealing with fresh protests.
Lord Justice Simon Brown and Mr Justice Popplewell ruled that Dover, Coventry and Plymouth had no right to surrender to “mob-rule” and they must accept the trade regardless of the protests that will ensue.
The judges ruled that the port and airport authorities must accept all lawful trade despite their determined opposition to accepting livestock exports.
The judges severely criticised the authorities for acting out of “narrow self-interest”. Dover and Coventry had warned the court that their operations would be severely hampered or halted by animal welfare campaigners, who would take their protest wherever the trade was conducted.
The authorities argued that the interests of existing port and airport users must take precedence over newcomers. Dover warned specifically that a 250-strong demonstration could be capable of closing Britain’s busiest port.
The judges said the demonstrators should now recognise it was “impossible” for the ports to submit to unlawful protest and accept “the limitations upon their lawful right to protest”.
Lord Justice Simon Brown said: “If ever there were cases demanding the courts’ intervention in support of the rule of law, these are they.
“It may indeed be doubted whether there remains any logic in protesting at the ports: the only body properly able to ban this lawful trade is Parliament itself – unless indeed the Secretary of State is advised that even that would be unlawful under Community law, in which event the only solution lies across the Channel.”
The decision marked a victory for the livestock exporters Peter Gilder & Sons and Russanglia Ltd, who argued that Dover’s decision to ban the trade was unlawful because the port was duty bound to accept all lawful cargoes.
Their victory was shared by Phoenix Aviation, which argued that Coventry City Council acted unlawfully by trying to block the trade, and by Associated British Ports, owner of Plymouth’s Millbay docks, which argued that it had no power to unilaterally ban the trade despite the claims of the city council.
Liberty, formerly the National Council for Civil Liberties, also joined in the criticism of yesterday’s judgment.
Andrew Puddephatt, its general secretary,said: “A Private Member’s Bill to stop live animal exports was introduced into Parliament in February but ran out of time when one of William Waldegrave’s aides spent 24 minutes reading chunks from the Encyclopaedia Britannica to furious MPs.
“In the face of antics like that, it seems both ludicrous and insulting to claim that people should trust in the parliamentary process rather than engaging in protest that has been largely peaceful.
This film follows weeks of daily demonstrations by hundreds and, at times, thousands of people, who converged on a small harbour port in West Sussex, England, to protest about the export into Mainland Europe of thousands of cattle and sheep.
Thousands of young calves were also destined for veal crates, a system where calves are kept locked into tiny boxes, only able to lay or stand and are chained or tethered, forced to drink iron deficient milk so as to satisfy those who like their flesh (veal) light rose coloured and tender. This system was already banned in the UK and so farmers were exporting these baby animals to Europe where it was still legal.
The film demonstrates the power of ordinary people, when they get together and fight for the rights of those who do not have a voice. Within weeks, these advocates for animals managed to stop in their tracks, big business who were profiteering from what many people believe is a trade in suffering. Other harbour ports across the UK also saw these exports stopped, due to persistent and daily demonstrations. Ordinary folk, from all walks of life, young and not so young, put their own liberty and personal safety at risk to try and protect animals as well as to highlight this issue. Watch this film and be inspired.
View the film – Shoreham live export demonstrations 1995
By watching directly.
Live animal exports have been a subject of tension between animal rights and welfare groups, the public and the farming community since the late nineteenth century. Alun Howkins (1947-2018), a founding editor of History Workshop Journal, and Linda Merricks explored changing attitudes towards live animal exports, drawing extensively on material from the Mass Observation Archive at the University of Sussex which aims to record the everyday lives and opinions of ordinary people. They found that campaigns against the transport of live animals had their origins in the late nineteenth century, corresponding with the growth of the anti–vivisection movement and environmental activism in Britain. Eight animal protection groups had been established in Britain by 1900 and another eight by 1944. While only one more group was formed before 1960, there were a further fourteen by the end of the 1980s. This suggests that interest in animal protection peaked in the late nineteenth century and then, again, after 1960 with the advent of modern animal rights. In the nineteenth century, concern about animal welfare in Britain was associated with religious-inspired moral reform which raised awareness of animal cruelty, whereas from the 1960s it reflected growing public consciousness of the relationship between humans and animals. Interest in animal welfare and animal rights has since become more central to public and political debate in Britain, but it is important to distinguish between the two. Animal welfare permits the use of animals by humans as long as they are provided with adequate food, shelter, veterinary treatment and other needs to prevent suffering, whereas animal rights advocates share the belief that it is morally wrong to exploit animals.
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I despise the suffering of any animal at all levels. As such, from my early teenage years I entered into the maelstrom of events which is known as the animal rights movement, doing what I could, when I could, to act and speak in the defence of the suffering voiceless, and you know what, to this day I have never left or had the slightest feeling of ever wanting to.
I have campaigned over many years about endless animal issues – you can see several of them on this site. The transport of live animals is now, and has really always been my ‘top thing’ on the campaign front; and I personally have spent (to date; now 2022) over 33 years obtaining information and presenting reports and formal complaints to the EU and other ‘political beings’ on this very subject. Over all these years, I took part in endless campaigns at South East England ports in attempts to try and stop the live trade. I have acted as the EU Correspondent for anti live transport organisations here in SE England in the past; have been an investigator for a couple of English animal welfare organisations into live farm animal exports (particularly concentrating on horses as special ‘projects’) and have also worked with (Kent) – my home county Trading Standards, to bring successful prosecutions against live animal transporters who have broken the regulations associated with live animal transport; namely Regulation 1/2005 on the supposed ‘protection’ of animals during transport – please see more on it at EUR-Lex – 32005R0001 – EN – EUR-Lex (europa.eu) . Also, I have worked with welfare group campaigner friends based in the Netherlands when investigating.
After witnessing the endless suffering of live animals undergoing transportation, and also spending some time gathering info on ‘what happens’ to dairy industry animals at dairy farms in North Eastern USA during the 90’s, I turned my back on meat and dairy at an early age; although I was never really much of meat eater at all, even as a young kid anyway. My beliefs were then, as they still are now – babies (of any species) belong with their mothers, and after witnessing the suffering of young (baby) calves being shipped to foreign lands from the UK and Ireland; without ever seeing or being fed by their mothers again; I decided all those years ago that it was time for action; time to try and change the ‘way’.
Here in England, during 2021 and after the UK getting away from the pathetic shackles of what is the EU (and I say that wearing my ex EU animal correspondent hat); which (as an EU members state) makes live animal exports mandatory as part of membership, we (UK – as a nation) were finally given the opportunity by the British government to take back national control and stop the live trade in farm animals going for slaughter and further fattening. (as of January 2022) – this legislation is currently working its way through both chambers of UK Parliament which will see live exports from the UK being stopped officially by law; something we have worked so hard to achieve over so many, many years. Hopefully this legislation will drop into place in UK law in early 2022.
Another very major campaign that I became involved in was the slaughter of baby seal pups within the Russian federation. Working with Robert who was a great friend; finally, after a long and often difficult campaign, and taking our fight to both Downing St in London; and the EU in Brussels, we eventually stopped the massacre of Russian seal pups for their white coats. Campaigning against the fur trade has always been an important issue as it involves so much cruelty, which is undertaken primarily for sad humans and their vanity reasons.
Stray animals get a bad time wherever they exist. There are around 500 million of them trying to survive worldwide. In 2005 I started an organisation (SAV) specifically concentrating on stray dogs and cats within Serbia. I had no funding and it was difficult; especially regarding communication aka languages; but you battle on if you feel that your views are right no matter what others say; and I wanted to at least be a voice for strays. You can read more about it here – About Serbian Animals. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – we (Some Serbian campaigners and I) battled with the Serbian government for years; and despite the threats made by the authorities to Serbian animal shelter campaigners, especially when we exposed live animals being exported – Serbia: It Now Appears The Sheep Exported Live To Israel WERE From Serbia; Despite The Threats. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – we continued to be a powerful voice; much to their annoyance and attempts to close us down. The Serbian site continues to this day, Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) | a voice for the voiceless has now moved away from specific Serbian issues (campaigners there continue) to just repeating many of the posts which feature on this (WAV) site, which is now the primary, but SAV is still regularly visited by many.
I detest bear bile farming, it is big obscene; and have more than the greatest respect and admiration for Jill Robinson who founded ‘Animals Asia’ after her experiences of visiting and witnessing the suffering at a bear bile farm. They are one of the great welfare organisations today; aiming to rescue all the bile bears from Viet Nam in the next year or so.
Personally and professionally I have always worked in military aerospace; am qualified in electronic engineering and aerospace technology; and after 25 years going down this road I decided to stop walking and divert; to put even more time into my role as an advocate for animals and animal rights. “It is never too late to change the road you are on” – as said by Led Zepp; ‘Stairway to Heaven’.
When I have spare time (is there any ?); I enjoy looking after a number of bonsai trees that I have in my own collection. I do not really do television, but instead devote time to listening to music, which I find very inspirational and also something which can be used as an escape valve if the need arises. I dabble in wildlife photography and have always been passionate about photographing foxes
I am a passionate vegan but never try to force my views on people – if they ask why; then I tell them. I think that I have seen, heard, witnessed; read and watched enough animal cruelty ‘things’ over my lifetime that is probably enough to last several lifetimes. But animal rights and animal welfare gets in your blood as many of you will know; and having the pleasure of getting to know and communicate different experiences and campaigns with fellow campaigners all over the world makes it something that you can never wish, or want, to get away from.
For example, over the last few years I have been in very regular contact with animal friends / founders at ‘Animal Aid Unlimited’ who operate in India cut to the stray animals thing. They undertake some fantastic rescues and often bring animals back to good from very ‘near death’ experiences. As a group they have my full respect for everything they undertake; you can see a lot of their super videos of rescues and recovery by visiting Search Results for “animal aid unlimited” – World Animals Voice – please check them out !
You can see a bit more about me and investigate my campaign stories more by visiting About Us. | Serbian Animals Voice (SAV) – sorry there is some military aircraft stuff also; but that’s what 25 of military jets does to you !
Well; this hopefully is a little about me. To all you animal campaigners out there being a voice; you are very much doing the right thing; you always will; be yourself no matter what ‘they’ say; and keep on fighting the fight.
If you feel you are acting in the defence of animals, then go on doing it ! – be the voice for the voiceless.