WITH a reach of hundreds of thousands, the masses are uniting around the world on September 13 – Stop Live Transport: International Day of Awareness – to call for an end to the long-distance transportation of animals.

Events will take place across the globe and the campaign boasts ever-growing numbers, with over 100 actions by organisations, groups and individuals taking place in over 30 countries to raise awareness of this cruel trade.

The Scottish group of leading farm animal welfare charity Compassion in World Farming, Compassion in Edinburgh, are holding a rally outside the Scottish Parliament from 11am to 3pm. Compassion’s director of campaigns, Emma Slawinski, will be speaking about the horrors of live transport and people will have the opportunity to sign petitions to share their support for this campaign. Compassion warmly welcomes anybody interested in supporting this event to join them on the day.

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Many high-profile individuals have spoken up about the need to end this horrendous trade such as Harry Potter star Evanna Lynch, Born Free Foundation founder and wildlife campaigner Virginia McKenna OBE and Coronation Street’s resident bad girl Kate Ford.

Business tycoon and Dragon’s Den favourite Deborah Meaden, who also supports this campaign, said: “The long-distance transportation of animals to slaughter is completely inhumane and unnecessary. Britain prides itself as a nation of animal lovers yet we allow this horrific practice to continue. Animals must not be treated in such a sub-standard manner, viewed solely as commodities for profit.

“A better business model to explore would be to replace live transport with a trade in meat carcasses. This also avoids the outrageous animal welfare implications that come from sending animals on often excruciatingly long journeys without the necessary care in place – causing unthinkable suffering. To end live transport globally makes sense from every angle.”

Around the world millions of animals are transported long distances in cramped conditions every year, causing horrific levels of suffering as they often have no adequate access to rest, food or water. Many will die before the end of the journey, or face cruel slaughter methods at their destination. Compassion in World Farming is calling for this outdated and unnecessary trade of live animals to be replaced with a trade in meat.

Philip Lymbery, Compassion in World Farming’s CEO, said: “It is so fantastic to see such widespread support to Stop Live Transport. This International Day of Awareness is truly that – international. This shocking trade is outdated and has no place in today’s world. United we can force change.”

Telsha Arora
Compassion in World Farming

IN the first week of the new parliamentary session, both at Holyrood and Westminster, it was interesting that the Westminster government’s welfare policies affecting millions should come under scrutiny with immediate effect.

The Scottish Parliament held a debate supporting a call by Citizens Advice Scotland to stop the accelerated roll-out of Universal Credit across Scotland, a policy which is harming so many vulnerable in society. This call secured cross-party support, with the exception of the Conservatives, whose Scottish spokesman on social security, Adam Tomkins MSP, was absent from the chamber. Surely a case of action speaks louder than words – unable to come to the debating chamber and defend his party’s record on Universal Credit.

Catriona C Clark
Falkirk