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Last Updated: Wednesday, 6 October, 2004, 11:07 GMT 12:07 UK
Ferry company stops live exports
An Ipswich ferry company is to stop carrying live animals on its vessels.

The move comes after an animal rights group threatened to blockade the port to prevent such exports.

Ferryways' director Paul Magnus said no further bookings of live sheep would be accepted by the line because of the disruption caused to their business.

The development has been welcomed by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) and Kent Against Live Exports (Kale), which threatened the blockade at the weekend.

No further bookings

Kale wants to stop the trade in live animal exports because it says the long journeys across Europe mean sheep become distressed and dehydrated.

In a statement on Wednesday Mr Magnus said: "In the light of the disruption caused to our business in Ipswich and to our customers by the protests and other actions organised and co-ordinated by Kale, Ferryways (UK) have decided that no further booking of live sheep will be accepted by the line, meaning no further shipments will be made.

"We trust this clear statement puts an end to the activities against Ferryways and its staff at Ipswich as well as APB Port of Ipswich by Kale and its sister organisations."

CIWF's communications director Kerry Burgess said: "We are delighted that Kale and CIWF supporters have yet again persuaded a company to abandon its involvement in the trade in live animals.

"Animals suffer enormously during transportation and more and more commercial enterprises are realising that involvement in the trade is not good for business."

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