Live Export

Live Export International Awareness Day 14th June 2020

Thank you everyone who contributed to Live Export International Awareness Day. The videos had hundreds of shares on Facebook and twitter. 

You can view the videos here: Story board – The Life of an Exported Young Bull    Group members video   Politicians/Celebs video

What can I do to help?

If you would like to take action against live export please email your local TDs, Irish MEPs, Minister for Agriculture, junior ministers Pippa Hackett and Martin Heydon and taoiseach Michael Martin: 

You can find your local TDs here:

You can find your MEPs here:

You can include the following points, also visit the Live Export page for more information:

  • The sea journeys have a detrimental impact on animal health and welfare and it’s common for the animals to become sick, injured or die from respiratory illness or broken limbs. They can get sea sick in the same way you and I can.
  • Countries outside the EU like Turkey, Libya, Algeria and Lebanon have little in the way of animal welfare legislation and are known to practice inhumane slaughter practices that cause immense suffering.
  • Libya is in a state of increasing conflict with rumours of chemical weapons being used and the majority of missile activity is around the ports where the vessels dock. Irish citizens are strongly advised against going there as it is too dangerous.
  • Unweaned calves do not have fully developed immune systems and they cannot regulate their body temperature making them prone to illnesses like pneumonia. Sending them on journeys where they have to go up to 30 hours with no feed is not only inhumane it is in breach of EU Regulation 1/2005. Furthermore, investigations by Eyes on Animals and L214 have uncovered violent and abusive behaviour toward the calves at both control posts in Cherbourg, where the calves are supposed to be fed and rested.
  • Once animals leave Ireland the Department has no control over what happens to them. They may be vet checked and healthy when they leave but the Department does not monitor or report on illness, injury or mortality and has no idea what state the animals are in by the time they reach their destination. Animals exported outside the EU are no longer protected by any legislation.
  • Live export does not stimulate price or competition – there is no correlation between live export volumes and beef prices. The value of live export is a fraction of the value of the whole agri-food export industry. The only people who benefit are the exporters and the handful of farmers who supply them.

Petitions you can sign and share

End the Cage Age

Over 300 million farmed animals suffer in cages across Europe. The End the Cage campaign involved an EU Citizens Initiative started by Compassion in World Farming and numerous groups from the EU joined in. It is basically a huge petition calling for a total ban on all cages in farming and if one million validated signatures are collected the petition will be heard in European Parliament. 1.5 million signatures were collected which is fantastic but it doesn’t end there. There will be a hearing later in the year.

You can help by visiting the End the Cage Age website. Click on Ireland’s summary to send a tweet to the Minister of Agriculture and ask him to support the End the Cage Age initiative. You could also email Charlie McConalogue if you are not on twitter –


EU Funding of Meat Industry Promotions

With everything that we know about animal agriculture and the role it is playing in climate change it is shocking that the EU is still funding adverts to promote meat consumption. This huge amount of money could go to funding more biodiverse farming systems, not intensive pork and veal production, and whatever else they are promoting. Please sign and share.

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