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Wednesday, September 15, 1999 Published at 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK

UK: Wales

Carla Lane supports animal export court case

TV scriptwriter and animal rights campaigner Carla Lane

Writer and animal rights campaigner Carla Lane has been in court supporting a private prosecution against a mid-Wales based animal export company.

Folkestone Magistrates Court heard that Brindie Ltd of Abergavenny, was accused of causing unnecessary suffering to 2,579 sheep.

[ image: Magistrates not satisfied that case was proven]
Magistrates not satisfied that case was proven
The court heard the alleged suffering happened on the MV Caroline during a crossing between Dover and Dunkirk on January 19,1998.

But Ms Lane - creator of Bread and The Liver Birds - was told by magistrates that the prosecution was dismissed as they were not satisfied the case had been proven "beyond reasonable doubt".

The action had been brought by former seaman Captain Malcolm Conyers, from Shepherdswell, near Dover, under the 1997 Welfare of Animals During Transport Order.

It had been backed by West Sussex-based pressure group the Protesters Animal Inspector Network, whose director is Carla Lane.

Much of Ms Lane's work with animals has a Welsh connection. In 1992, she bought St Tudwal's East, a small, deserted island off the Llyn Peninsula in north Wales.

She then turned the land into an animal sanctuary "where the wildlife could live and die as nature intended".

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