AFTER months of campaigning, West Dorset MP Chris Loder has succeeded in convincing the government to ban live animal exports.
The ban will come as part of the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill, which was introduced to parliament yesterday (Tuesday).
It follows Mr Loder’s successful Animal Welfare (Sentencing) Bill, which increases maximum sentences for the worst offenders to five years in prison and received Royal Assent earlier this year.
Mr Loder said: “I am delighted that the government heard my numerous calls in the House of Commons and in my consultation submission to finally ban this horrendous practice.
“EU rules meant we couldn’t ban these before but I have been pressing the government to make the change now that we can.
Mr Loder, a fourth generation farmer, added: “No decent, caring farmer wants to load their animals onto lorries knowing that they might travel thousands of miles by land or sea.
“I know how much care my parents put into looking after their cows, so I know how concerned farmers are about the welfare of their animals. Live animal exports need to stop, and I am so pleased they will be banned.”
Following his successes in increasing sentencing for animal welfare offences and banning live animal exports, Mr Loder will be turning his attention to stop the inhumane practice of non-stunned slaughter.