Vote Leave to end the live transport of lambs to the slaughter
Current legislation creates an obligation to have ‘open’ ports and permit the transport of any product. This could be amended to place targeted restrictions on some trades, such as live export for slaughter, on ethical grounds. However, under EU law, the trade is deemed lawful and the EU Courts have made clear in previous judgments that such a restriction on the trade in live animals would not be accepted. Public authorities have previously been fined by the courts for attempting to ban the practice.
In 2012, 49,712 live lambs and sheep were exported from the UK across the Channel. Many are thought to be destined for Halal slaughterhouses in France but their final destination is often unknown and it is possible that some are even transported onwards to third countries outside the EU where standards are lower.