19 March 1998
EU rejects call for live-export ban
By FWi staff
THE European Court of Justice today ruled that a UK ban on live calf exports would be illegal.
Animal rights campaigners had hoped the court would rule that a ban on the export of calves to be reared in veal crates could be introduced. But the court decided that any such ban would infringe EU single-market rules and therefore be illegal.
Campaigners from Compassion in World Farming brought the case after the previous Government said it was unable to ban the annual export of more than 500,000 calves sold to the Continent.
The controversial practice was halted anyway by the beef export ban imposed on Britain by the EU two years ago. But live exports are is likely to resume once the beef ban is lifted.
Up to 400 demonstrators are expected to gather at the port of Dover tomorrow (Friday, 20 March) to protest against the live export of sheep to France. The sheep are expected to be ritually slaughtered during the Muslim feast of Eid-el-Kebir in April