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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007, 10:03 GMT 11:03 UK
Live animal trade protest at port
Protest at Ipswich
Protesters with placards greeted lorries carrying calves
Protesters have tried to blockade a major port in a bid to prevent the export of live calves to the Continent.

Dozens of people carrying campaign placards were at the port of Ipswich in Suffolk as animal lorries arrived for overnight ferries on Wednesday.

Shipments normally go through Dover in Kent but have been rerouted to Ipswich because of development work there.

Associated British Ports (ABP) said shipments of this kind were legal in the UK and monitored by Defra.

Regulated shipments

The protesters said the export of live animals is inhumane and should be stopped.

Sue Drake, of Compassion in World Farming, said: "People in Ipswich would be horrified like they were years ago when these shipments went through individual ports like Brightlingsea in Essex.

"Our main purpose in protesting is to highlight the way in which calves are exported which is inhumane."

ABP, which operates the West Bank terminal at Ipswich through which the shipments are being made, said: "As the statutory harbour authority for the Port of Ipswich we are legally bound to handle all legitimate traffic.

"The shipment of livestock is a legal trade in the United Kingdom, monitored and regulated by government agencies such as Defra."




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