Shame of Ipswich

A police motorcade led by outrider bikes and flashing lights sweeps into the East Anglian town of Ipswich destined for the docks. The whirr of a police helicopter accompanies the small crowd gathered hastily to meet the procession. It’s a blustery September evening and the excitement is fuelled by the scramble of media cameras desperate for a picture. But this is no celebrity exit from the country. Interspersed between police vehicles are six livestock transporters carrying sheep destined for slaughter on the continent. It’s the latest move in a game of cat and mouse stretching nearly twenty years; between live animal exporters and the protests that follow them.

Banner-waving protestors yell into the night as the four-tier juggernauts disappear into the gloom. A former Soviet tank carrier awaits by the dockside for its cargo. It’s Friday 21st September. Our team, led by James West, is with local people indignant at the invasion of this town by the trade. This is the first shipment of live animals for slaughter out of Britain since the exporters were summarily thrown out of their last port following an incident involving two arrests and the deaths of over forty sheep.

Many people have spent much energy trying to stop animals being transported on horrifically long journeys simply to be slaughtered at journey’s end. I am proud to have been one of them. Today, the trade is but a stubborn rump of what it used to be; twenty years ago, two and half million animals were shipped out of Britain each year. Now it’s less than a hundred thousand. It’s a trade with a profile and a reputation to match.

With it pinned down to just one port, Ipswich; owned and operated by ABP, I ask for your help in ramping up the pressure to drive the trade in live exports out of its latest bolt hole. Together, we can finish off this deeply unnecessary trade once and for all. Take action today. As ever, thank you so much.

5 Responses to “Shame of Ipswich”

  1. Soo says:

    This is a sad state of affairs, they were stopped from shipping out of Milbay Docks in Plymouth, then recently Ramsgate and now they move onto Ipswich. This ship is an old ex Russian boat crewed by Eastern block staff who really don’t give a damn and have no compassion whatsoever, it’s all about the money. Funny how the ordinary ferry operators stopped them from using their boats for this evil trade as the general public saw first hand the plight of these animals, and I’m sure the general public will come on side again once more once they get to hear of this.

  2. Tricia mcdermid says:

    Never visited Ipswich….now have a good reason to never visit it….

  3. Jayne Moy says:

    The practice of exporting live animals is outmoded, unnecessary and inhumane in the extreme.
    It’s time this needless cruelty was consigned to history.
    Please take note of the strong public feeling which surrounds this matter. More and more people are becoming aware of these appalling ways some companies treat animals. Due largely to the Internet and media. Time for change.

  4. […] Compassion in World Farming, which has also been campaigning against live exports, has described the trade as “a stubborn rump” of what used to be – 20 years ago, 2.5m animals were shipped out of Britain each year. Now it is less than 100,000, it says. […]

  5. Renate Guth says:

    it is a shame for the whole world and so sad. we have to stop this horror for all animals ASAP!

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About Philip Lymbery

Philip Lymbery is Chief Executive Officer of Compassion in World Farming and co-author of Farmageddon: The True Cost of Cheap Meat. He is an internationally respected authority on the impact of industrial agriculture on people, animals and the planet.