25 September 1998

Ferry no to cowboys

FARMERS Ferry bosses have restated their pledge not to do business with cowboy livestock hauliers 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 saw two dead sheep.

The incident prompted a complaint to EU farm commissioner, Franz Fischler, from welfare group Compassion in World Farming.

Farmers Ferry bosses said they had turned back at least one livestock lorry carrying sheep unfit to travel 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 you are dealing in livestock?".

The Farmers Union of Wales said it seemed there was a dirty tricks campaign aimed at the Farmers Ferry project. &#42