Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Live animal exports latest - council not to appeal High Court ruling

Thanet District Council has decided not to appeal against the High Court decision regarding the shipment of live animals from the Port of Ramsgate.

Mr Justice Birss ruled that the council did not have the authority to impose a temporary ban and that it was a disproportionate response to the events at the Port on 12 September 2012.

Cllr, Michelle Fenner, Cabinet member for Business, Corporate and Regulatory Services, said: “The council took the decision to impose a temporary ban after the incidents in September 2012. This was based on genuine concerns about the safety of our staff and the fact that the Port does not have adequate facilities to cater for the welfare of animals in transit.

“However, in light of the latest legal advice we have received, we accept that we cannot take the risk of challenging the judge’s ruling in an appeal.

“Furthermore, we consider that it is the responsibility of the British Government to fight for clearer harmonisation of rules and the role of government agencies such as AHVLA and Defra.”

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