Dead sheep prompt Farmers Ferry statement
By FWi staff
FARMERS FERRY bosses have restated their pledge not to do business with cowboy livestock transporters after animal rights campaigners claimed to have found dead UK sheep in Greece.
Investigators from four European animal welfare groups claim to have video evidence of sheep being transported in illegal conditions from the Italian port of Bari to Athens. One of the investigators said she could see the corpses of two dead sheep.
The incident prompted a complaint to European farm commissioner Franz Fischler from the UK-based welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF).
“We dont know if the law was obeyed from Britain to Bari, but in many cases we fear that it is not,” said Peter Stevenson, CIWF political and legal director.
Farmers Ferry bosses said they had turned back at least one livestock lorry since the ferry came into operation last month.
“Anyone caught breaking the law will not be allowed on the ferry,” said Farmers Ferry secretary David Owen. “What is the purpose of delivering deadstock when youre dealing in livestock?”.
The Farmers Union of Wales said it seemed there was a dirty tricks campaign aimed at the Farmers Ferry project.
“It appears that there are people determined to sink the venture through unsubstantiated rumour and vicious gossip,” said Bob Parry, FUW president.
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