14 June 2021: #BanLiveExports International Awareness Day
The 14th June is Ban Live Exports: International Awareness Day 14th June 2021
It is a day of global action where people worldwide come together to speak out against live export and urge people in power to make it stop.
Standards of transport vary and what animals have to go through before their reach their destination – and usually an inevitable end of life – cannot be described. Overcrowding, exhaustion, dehydration, pain, stress, illness, disease, a lack of legal protection and unexpected events such as fires, sinking ships all feature in #liveexport which is why #BanLiveExports day takes place.
Hence #BanLiveExports Day
Because of COVID-19/Coronavirus, there are no offline events this year. However, there’s plenty to do online...
Find out about Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and see what you can do to help them. They were founded in 1967 by a British farmer who was horrified by the development of modern, intensive factory farming. CIWF are calling for an end to all factory farming practices.
Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has a number of things you can do – and from their website:
Be informed about Live Export - where is it happening?
Ban Live Export's website has maps to show you the live trade in LIVE cattle, sheep and pigs. Note the word LIVE. That means they are living when they make these long journeys. What can it be like for these animals? I just daren’t think.
We can all go vegetarian or vegan or at least introduce more of these meals into our diets to reduce the need for meat.
Go for local
If we eat meat, we can buy local wherever we can. Avoid anywhere which supports intensive factory farming.
Ask questions before you order when eating out
Check where meat dishes come from – who supplies the places with meat when you eat out? Which country has it come from? That will give you an idea of how far it has travelled.
If nothing else, consider the impact on the environment all this live transport has, and also the impact on the land use for agriculture in the first place.
Join other campaigns as well to improve animal welfare
End the Cage Age – this is a campaign from Compassion in World Farming to end the cage age. Have you signed their petition? CIWF are calling on the government to introduce new laws that would ban cages for ALL farm animals in the UK. The more we can show governments that we care about animal welfare, the better. Sign here now.
The images on this page are from stoplivetransport.org's website.