Category: Live Transport

England: There Is More To The Jill Story When You Have the Facts.


Venus was asking a bit more about Jill and Coventry airport protests today – here I will let the newspapers talk about it – Mark.

Did you wonder why I / we in the UK anti live export groups have such a thing about the death of our beloved Jill (Phipps) ?

Well, below is the reason. The ‘businessman’ behind the export of live calves where Jill was crushed to death by an export truck, was very soon afterwards found to be smuggling £22 million worth of Cocaine into the UK via Southend airport which is near to London, in Essex.

He was given a 20 year jail sentence for this. Some small justice for the murder of our Jill, but he should have rotted in jail to this very day; we don’t need scum like this around; especially when they export live animals like the calves; and kill decent young people like our Jill. This is the kind that are involved in the live animal export trade. ‘Businessman’ ? – No; we can think of much better realistic descriptions for him.

Read on to find out more about the calf exporting, Coke smuggling ‘businessman’.

I hope he rots in a dark place;

For Jill xx;

Regards Mark.

Twenty-four years ago, five crew members died when a Boeing 737 crashed in thick fog as it made its final approach to Coventry Airport.

At just before 10am on Wednesday, December 21, 1994, the cargo plane collided with an electricity pylon about a mile from the runway.

The impact damaged the left engine and wing and the aircraft rolled to the left and dropped, clipping a house on the Willenhall housing estate before crashing into woodland near Middle Ride and catching fire.

Miraculously no-one on the ground was killed, but all five air crew perished, making it the city’s worst air disaster.


The Air Algerie plane had been chartered by Phoenix Aviation – headed by Christopher Barrett-Jolley – to carry veal calves to the continent.

A coroner recorded a verdict of accidental death, while air accident investigators said pilot error and tiredness were factors in the crash.

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A businessman once at the centre of protests because of his export of live calves was today beginning a 20-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to smuggle £22m worth of cocaine into the UK.


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Pilot Christopher Barrett-Jolley, 55, of Wellington, Somerset, was at the controls of a Boeing 707 freight airliner that flew from the West Indies to Southend, Essex, in October 2001 carrying six suitcases packed with more than 270kg (nearly 600lb) of cocaine, Basildon crown court heard.

Barrett-Jolley came to attention a decade ago over the export of live animals to the continent. He was the head of a firm called Phoenix Aviation which ran a veal export business from Baginton airport, near Coventry, Warwickshire.

In 1994 five people died when a returning veal flight crashed into a wood as it approached the airport.

A year later animal rights activist Jill Phipps, 31, was crushed to death by a lorry at one of the protests against the trade. Phoenix Aviation’s trade was criticised by leading church figures. The company went out of business in 1995.


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A businessman at the centre of protests because of his export of live calves was today beginning a 20-year jail sentence after being convicted of plotting to smuggle £22 million worth of cocaine into the UK.


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Pilot Christopher Barrett-Jolley, 55, of Wellington, Somerset, was at the controls of a Boeing 707 freight airliner which flew from the West Indies to Southend, Essex, in October 2001 carrying six suitcases packed with more than 270kg (nearly 600lb) of cocaine, Basildon Crown Court heard.

Barrett-Jolley’s brother-in-law and co-pilot, Peter Carine, 50, of Hensall, North Yorkshire, was also jailed for 20 years.

England: Eid Sheep; Crate Calves Jill, and all That.


I have been doing a major clear out of gear in my loft today in order to prepare for a house move. I came across endless stacks of animal rights data that I have had in storage for years – campaign material for when we hit the streets.

I uncovered some old live export data which I have stored, for this very day I guess; to bring back memories of what we did in the past. Below is the front page of ‘Dover Moos’ – a newsletter thrown together by the Dover AR movement which largely hinged around the exports campaign.

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Note this is for 4th September 1995. It starts with ‘the week that was’ – and as you can see, 150+ live animals transporters passed through Dover harbour in just that one week. Multiply that by 4 and you get a rough guesstimate of the monthly tally – say 600 transporters; maybe more, maybe less; but typical of the situation in 1995; 400 animals per transporter – that makes roughly 250,000 live animals going to their deaths each month – that was the export trade out of Dover, the South East of England.

Sheep were being exported en masse from places such as Wales – they were going to mainland EU for slaughter; but at certain times of the year, these sheep were also being exported to the killing fields of France at the time of Muslim ‘Eid’. France has a large Muslim population. British sheep were driven by truck down to the killing fields where they were unloaded and immediately laid over rough iron frameworks which were above trenches which had been dug in advance into the fields.

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As you can see in the picture; the sheep were laid and waited their turn to have their throats cut without any form of pre-stunning. The same throat cut procedure happens to this very day with ‘Eid’; there is no advanced stunning of the animals before they are slaughtered. Every campaigner a Dover dreaded the Eid killing fields time as they all knew what it meant for exported British sheep.

We also had calf exports. You could hear the calves bellowing before the trucks arrived – mere male babies deprived of their mothers milk; being exported to the Netherlands and France mainly for further fattening and veal production. In the UK, we had forced the government to ban veal crates here on cruelty grounds – and yet despite the ban in the UK; we were still allowing live calves to be exported abroad to the very same systems that were considered ‘cruel’ here ! In the following 2 photos you can see British calves in the European crate systems; and also being held in the head lock device to ‘get them more used to how to live in the crate’.

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Like all live animal exports, it bummed me off then, just as it still bums me off now; it always will. So this is why I was proud to be an animal advocate against the live trade going out of Dover, and other ports in SE England. We united, we stuck with it and we became a very well organised and potent force.

Today at Dover; 2019; there are NO live animal transporters going out through the port. The trade was closed down over time by well organised and dedicated folk who wanted to be a voice for the calves, sheep and pigs which were being exported. If things are bad, then there may be 1 shipment going out of Ramsgate port each week; taking a maximum of 6 trucks on the sailing. That is still one shipment a week too many; but look back to 95 when it was 150+ each week. In my book, that is quite a result. Masses of people still protest at every Ramsgate shipment; and they always will until the trade is stopped there as well.

So the aim of this story is one of never giving up. In another way, it is of mothers losing their babies – Nancy lost her baby Jill in the calf protests, dairy cows losing their calf babies.

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Your campaign can take many years to bring success; but with planning; dedicated people and the want to be a voice for animals; a victory will come your way.

And the veal calves – why I have personally never touched diary milk for decades; cows milk is for baby cows, not us.

Regards Mark.

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Australia: A Promise To Strengthen Laws for Dairy Cows.


      BIG NEWS: A promise to strengthen laws for dairy cows

In the lead-up to the Federal Election being called, Labor has committed to rectifying the double-standard in Australia’s live export laws that makes exporters legally accountable for the treatment of one group of animals, but leaves thousands of ‘breeder’ and ‘dairy’ cows — arguably, the most vulnerable — utterly exposed.

Mark, images of sick and dying dairy cows exported by Australia’s live export industry have shocked us all. Since I wrote to you, thousands of people have called on the government to close the loophole that, for too long, has excluded these vulnerable animals from basic protections under live export laws.

We had to ensure this appalling situation was a catalyst for change. And it’s close to being just that.

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Labor’s commitment could be game-changing for so many animals. It could not only prevent a repeat of the suffering unfolding right now in Sri Lanka, but the additional layer of accountability on exporters could also impact the viability of sending these animals overseas in the first place.

Mark, if yours was one of the thousands of emails that helped catapult this issue onto the political agenda — thank you. We hope the government matches this commitment.

I appreciate that when it comes to political lobbying especially, you may wonder if your ongoing — and often repeated — actions are making a difference. Progress like this is proof that they are 🙂

I can definitively say, after 20 years in this field, that if there is one thing that pays off for animals — it is persistence. We are so close to major outcomes now, because every time we are told ‘no’, we hear ‘try harder’. And because we do — and because you stay with us — animals have hope, like never before.

For the animals,

Lyn White AM
Investigations Director


P.S. Labor’s pre-election commitment is fantastic, but obviously the situation for the animals right now in Sri Lanka is still dire. Our expert has just arrived and is already providing much needed assistance. We’ll keep you informed of any developments.


Australia: Government Fails Welfare of Live Export Animals Yet Again – Take Action – See Below.


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Mark, we bring you the sad news that today, we’ve learned of the latest in a long line of repeated failures by the live export industry.

Once again, live exporters have proven they cannot be trusted to protect Australian animals overseas.
An ABC investigation has today revealed horrific footage of starving, sick, dead and dying dairy cattle exported to Sri Lanka.

These cows were exported under the promise of good health and long lives as breeding stock for Sri Lankan farmers.

Instead, local farmers have been devastated to receive cattle unprepared for the local climate, susceptible to disease, with many facing terrible suffering and a slow, painful death.

Lammermoor Estate dairy farm manager Malik Gunasekaran strokes the nose of a cow.

The live export industry has failed these animals, failed Australian and Sri Lankan farmers, and failed the Australian community once again.

Right now, breeding and production animals are not covered by the existing ‘ESCAS’ Australian regulatory scheme for live export supply chains.

A calf is sprawled on the concrete with its legs askew in Sri Lanka.

This needs to change, now.

No one is protecting Australian dairy cattle from this cruelty, and it’s not good enough.

Urgent action must be taken to prevent more needless suffering.

These are Australia’s #ForgottenAnimals, and they need our protection now more than ever.

Join us in calling for an immediate halt to the exports to Sri Lanka, and an urgent review of the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS) to include dairy and breeder animals.

Back haunches of cows in Sri Lanka with bones showing through hide.

Take action – this link includes video footage options of terrible conditions:

BREAKING NEWS – The ABC has revealed horrifying images and footage of sick, dying and dead dairy cattle and calves, that had been live exported to Sri Lanka for use in breeding and production.

CLICK HERE to see the full story. Warning – this story contains distressing imagery and footage.

CLICK HERE to read our media statement.

Each year Australia sends tens of thousands of dairy cattle and breeding animals all over the world to places like China, Indonesia, Taiwan and Malaysia to help them make dairy products and improve their local herds through breeding programs.

But unfortunately for these animals there are no laws to protect them from cruelty once they leave Australia, and nothing that guarantees their destination has the capacity to care for them – they are the forgotten animals.

While Australia’s live export regulation has been repeatedly proven to be inadequate, animals live exported for breeding or production have no protections at all.

They are the #forgottenanimals, and it’s not good enough.

Join us in demanding that the Australian government acts now to protect these animals from cruelty.

Don’t let these animals be forgotten.

Take Action

The Australian Government must act now to review the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System (ESCAS), and ensure it is expanded to protect animals live exported for production and breeding overseas, as well those designated for slaughter.

Dead cows washing up on Canary Island beaches.

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Above – the ‘Polaris 2’ and one of the dead cows washed up on the beach.


These incidents expose the reality of the live animal export business. Tossing the animals overboard with the hope that they will sink or be eaten by sharks etc. Here it has all gone wrong. The 3 photos of the ‘Polaris 2’ are from our archives and are not associated with the article referenced.  Mark – WAV.

Dead cows washing up on Canary Island beaches


Bovine carcasses come from ships transporting cattle from South America

At least three dead cows have washed up on beaches in the Canary Islands over the last week.

The latest one was found near El Medano on the island of Tenerife, while another washed up near Granadilla de Abona. A third was discovered by fishermen at sea.

A man was filmed as he pulled the decomposing remains onto the beach with the aid of a jet ski rider.

The carcass was picked up by council workers and taken to a landfill site.

The bovine bodies come from ships transporting cattle from South America which throw the corpses of animals overboard if they die during transit.

The cadavers may have been thrown from the Polaris 2, a cattle ship operating under a Panamanian flag, local media reported, although The Independent could not independently verify this.

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Above and below – ‘the Stink Ship’ – Polaris 2.


Known as a “stink boat”, the ship regularly transports livestock from South America to Europe or North Africa.

It left Rio Grande in Argentina on 22 March and is due to pass the Canary Islands before it arrives at the Port of Ceuta on 4 April, according to the SE12 Canarias news channel.

The Canary Islands’ Ministry of Agriculture said the three dead cows “come with all certainty from one of these boats that transport the herds of cattle from the American continent, animals that in all probability died on board and were thrown into the sea”.

Such a move “is prohibited by international law”, the general director of livestock, David de Vera told the radio station.

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He said the international protocol was for animals that die during crossings to “be treated like any other waste” and incinerated on board or disposed of once the ship reaches port.

In 2016, the Polaris 2 had to request to dock in the Port of Santa Cruz de Tenerife after it ran out of food for the animals.

A veterinary inspection also forced the slaughter of 300 cattle.


Further reading on Polaris 2:


Position Received: 10 hours, 11 minutes ago (2019-04-03 07:28 (UTC))
Vessel’s Local Time: (UTC)
Area: WAFR – West Africa
Latitude / Longitude: 29.1051° / -15.30095°
Status: Underway Using Engine
Speed/Course: 16.1kn / 47°
AIS Source: 2874 Martín, EA8AHX


England: Happy Mothers Day !


………… Not such for Calves.


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Male calves are a by product of the dairy industry.

Cows have to be in calf to continually produce milk.

Only females are kept in order to be continually impregnated to produce more calves and thus milk for human consumption.

The males are either slaughtered or kept for a very short time – further fattening or veal production.

Boycott dairy and think about these videos each time you consume cows milk.


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Below 2018 – Live calves (from Scotland) being exported by the Dutchman ‘Onderwater’ out of Ramsgate, England – protester footage here.

Onderwater runs a business associated with the export of live animals from the UK.  He operates a bathtub ship named the ‘Joline’ which the English AR consider is not worthy enough to operate cross Channel sailings – he runs the Joline between Ramsgate in England and Calais in France.



The Joline is an ex Soviet battle tank carrying vessel which was used on rivers; not as a cross Channel transporter carrier. See the video above of the Joline and decide if you consider it is fit for carrying any live animal transporters.




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European elections to select new Members of the European Parliament (MEP’s) are taking place between Thursday 23 May and Sunday 26 May 2019.

Venus and I; both as Europeans; will be presenting posts onto this site relating to the animal welfare situation within the EU. We hope that by using our posts; which will be informative; along with your obvious concerns for the welfare of animals; you will be better equipped on this issue prior to going out to vote in May.

Regarding the UK and European elections; what will happen in May is currently unknown due to Brexit. If there is a request by the UK government to extend Article 50; then it is possible that the UK will have to have candidates for the elections. If the UK can finalise with Europe in the next few weeks, then EU elections will not be required in the UK, as it will no longer be an EU member state later in the year.

We have already produced a few posts which relate to intensive farming in the EU:

Rabbits –

And Salmon –

… and we will be connecting with national animal welfare campaign organisations to inform more in the lead up to the May elections.

Here below is an article which recently appeared in the respected ‘Guardian’ newspaper from the UK.




Abuse of animals rife on farms across Europe, auditors warn

Europe-wide investigation says intensive farming systems increase the risks of poor animal welfare

Farm animal abuses are widespread in the European Union, with pig tail docking, long-distance transport and slaughterhouse stunning all areas of immediate concern, according to a report out this week.

Intensive farms are particularly problematic, the report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals, with economic interests often trumping welfare rules. “Our audit and other reports show it’s difficult to introduce improvements on intensive farms and enforce laws,” Janusz Wojciechowski, the ECA member responsible for the report, told the Guardian.

“In intensive farming systems the risk for animal welfare is increased. When there are 100,000 pigs it is very difficult to control. Small farms are easier places to achieve high animal welfare standards.”

Inherent system failures are equally to blame. Unnaturally high number of animals living together leads “to aberrant behaviour in laying hens such as feather pecking and cannibalism, aggression and tail biting in pigs and aggression in calves”, according to the report. To address that behaviour “it is common practice to perform painful physical alterations … in particular beak trimming, tail docking, castration and teeth clipping.”

Clear evidence of pig tail docking was found on German and Romanian farms, and has been seen in many other countries by other observers, including the UK and Italy. Docking pigs’ tails has been illegal in the EU since 2001, but it is still widespread. One Romanian farm visited by the ECA had evidence of tail docking, but was simultaneously receiving EU funding to improve animal wellbeing.

Just two countries in the EU – Finland and Sweden – have properly controlled pig tail docking and provided useful ‘enrichment materials’ to ease boredom, according to the report. Dr Joanna Swabe, public affairs director for animal lobby group Humane Society International, said proper environmental enrichment, good stockmanship and simply providing straw would all help avoid mutilations.

Slaughterhouse processes were a problem too. One abattoir in France visited by the ECA team was using the less reliable back of the neck ‘occipital stunning’ on calves rather than front of head stunning. Their aim, said the report, was to reduce bone splinters in brains sold for food. Inadequate ‘waterbath’ poultry stunning (where a hen is leg-shackled to a moving line and pulled head down through electrified water) is another risk area, auditors found, as is excessive use of non-stun killing.

Using a supposedly limited EU derogation, slaughterhouses can quicken their line speeds and process more animals by skipping stunning – the part of the slaughter process which renders the animal unconscious and therefore unable to feel the actual killing. Although there is a shortage of data, non-stun derogation overuse appears to be a problem around Europe, other than the few countries where it is currently banned.

Live animal transport was also a significant issue. The French authorities had still not carried out a 2009 promise to improve their inspection procedures, while other countries, according to campaigners, were simply ignoring rest stop recommendations altogether. As a result, say campaigners, young animals that normally feed regularly they may spend 18 hours in trucks in a ship’s hold, or even more sealed up in a truck on the road.

Achingly slow response to European guidance was a regularly cited issue. Italy, for example has taken 13 years to tackle forced moulting, where hens are starved, dehydrated and deprived of light, until they lose all their feathers. The practice is used to boost egg production but, along with the suffering involved, forced moulting has been linked to salmonella infection risks. Asked if the ill treatment was now under control, Wojciechowski said “at the time of our visit to Italy, the European commission recommendation on forced moulting was still open, which might mean that this issue was still problematic.”

A significant number of the EU’s farms are also excluded from controls because they are too small: the report estimated that as many as 40% of farms fall outside the EU’s remit. Another control loophole noted in the report is the issue of ‘landless farms’ – these are often intensive pig farms, which do not use agricultural land and therefore do not benefit from Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) subsidies, setting them free from related controls and fines.

Entitled Animal Welfare in the EU: closing the gap between ambitious goals and practical implementation, the ECA report is one of about 30 published by the auditors each year, as part of their responsibility for making sure that EU funds are correctly spent. With farm subsidies accounting for about 40% of the EU’s budget, the ECA regularly examines agriculture issues. This topic, it said, was chosen because EU citizens are increasingly concerned about farming’s effects on animal welfare, and the impact on both public and animal health. ECA reports are used by various EU select committees and the parliament as a basis for policy and legislative development.

On a broader level, Wojciechowskione said the EU lacks long term agricultural vision. Given the EU’s current CAP overhaul, due to be completed by 2020 for the 2121 to 2027 period, the next two years will be pivotal. “We need a long term vision. Not for seven years, but for 30. If that vision is of intensive farming, the risks animals will be badly treated is higher.”

Describing his feelings about the welfare risks animals face in the EU, Wojciechowski said he believed the words of Mahatma Gandhi. “That the greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.

I would say the greatness of the EU could also be judged on this.”

To address the failings identified, the report proposes multiple actions. These include improvements to enforcement, compliance, the animal welfare portion of EU rural development programmes, inspections and the penalty system. The European commission has accepted almost all the recommendations and the report will shortly be presented to the EU parliament and agriculture committee. From there, debates on legislative and other actions will follow.


Regards for now

Mark and Venus.