The RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have pledged to wage a zero tolerance campaign on breaches of animal welfare or transport laws at Ramgsgate port.
Campaigners met with leaders of Thanet District Council yesterday to discuss ways to improve animal welfare at the port, which is the exit point for thousands of the live calves and sheep that are shipped to the Continent each year. The RSPCA is seeking permission from port authorities to allow inspectors at the port.
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: “There will be zero tolerance of animal abuse from the Port of Ramsgate. We will be putting together a programme of work to ensure this happens and give due notice to the hauliers and shippers that, if we find cases of animal abuse, we will prosecute them.”
The RSPCA, CIWF and Thanet Council have all called for an end to live exports from Ramsgate.