In their email with news of this match fund (which is up to £30,000), they remind us of three terrible events which took place fairly recently:
In the Suez Canal in March 2021 when the Ever Given, a 400 metre container ship, got stuck. She blocked a busy transport route – and that meant long delays for about 200,000 on the 16 livestock ships waiting to pass through the Suez Canal.
In February 2021, two ships carrying 2,600 young cattle going from Spain to Libya got stranded at sea after an outbreak of bluetongue. They were refused entry at one port after another – and food and water for the animals started running out. Dozens of young calves apparently died on board. The ships had to go back to Spain and the rest of the animals faced being enthunised.
And in November 2019, a ship carrying 14,000 sheep from Romania to Saudi Arabia overturned and sank. All but 180 of the animals on board died, either from drowning or of exhaustion and injuries. The salvage company reported secret decks that were loaded with more sheep than the cargo plan had actually declared – and that could have caused the ship to capsize.
We need to ban live export.
And with this match, every pound you give could be doubled.
CIWF say that 2021 could be the y ear live animal exports for slaughter and fattening from England and Wales come to an end. But they need to be banned from or via Scotland and Northern Ireland as well – this loophole needs to be closed.
CIWF has a battle plan and I quote from their website:
"STEP 1: Push the UK Government to honour its Brexit promises and ban live animal exports in England and Wales.
STEP 2: Persuade Scotland to follow suit and ban all live animal exports, closing the loophole to Northern Ireland and Europe.
STEP 3: Convince the European Union to follow our good example on animal welfare and ban live exports from the EU and long journeys within the EU.
STEP 4: Leverage this success to persuade other countries around the world to ban cruel live exports for farm animals."
I do not know how long this match fund is going on for – it goes up to £30,000 – but every penny counts and will help CIFW campaign hard to stop live exports.
If you do eat meat, look carefully at the package to see where it has come from. Buy meat that has been locally produced.
If you eat out, ask where the meat on the menu has come from. Show you care.
Visit Ban Live Export’s website to find out more about live export and the world trade – it is incredible how far these animals have to travel when they are alive and packed in to transport, many without water or food.
Spread the word – many people don’t think about animals travelling long distances like this, only to be slaughtered when they reach land.
Support CIWF by giving a gift of compassion to celebrate a special occasion, perhaps a birthday or anniversary. Make a donation of at least £15 to Compassion in World Farming, and your nominated friend or relative will receive a gift certificate, a compassionate pen, a hand-written card from CIWF, and a copy of the latest Farm Animal Voice magazine.