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Resume of our years at Ramsgate and the changes that have occured.
Wednesday afternoon 30th December/ Thurssday morning 31st December
The ship came across yesterday afternoon and carried with it 3 empties that had gone out full early Wednesday morning.
We spotted the ship leaving Calais and after enquiries learnt that these empties were to travel up country, collect animals and r
eturn for 5am this morning that was the plan.
When the Joline arrived at Ramsgate Border Force and Customs were waiting in force to examine the ship and the three lorries,
a white van and a car that had also come across with the empties.
Observers exercising their dogs on the esplanade above the port saw Onderwater getting more and more frustrated, jumping about,
waving his arms and shouting at Peter Z because the persons in authority were just about taking his vehicles apart making sure
nothing that shouldn't have been coming in was present.
He had arrived at the port at 4.45pm but didn't leave with his vehicles until 5.30pm.
If he carries on like that he will damage his heart if he has one.
Supporters out along the route spotted the lorries at 2.35am early Thursday morning along the Thanet way!!
There was supposed to be 3 transporters arriving at 5.00am instead there turned out to be 4 transporters and when they were seen
it put them on track to arrive at the port at 3.00am.
The 4 transporters consisted of the Griffin, the Box, DeJong and a trailer and cab that has been working in the Uk gathering animals
for the exporters for most of the summer, Autumn and winter.
From various sources all registration numbers were obtained and other information and people were able to observe the trailers.
It was reported that, especially the Griffin, they all appeared to be stuffed.
I contacted Kent Police because I was concerned Animal Health wouldn't be at the port because they were so early. They confirmed
my fears and even the police weren't there so they had to speed down to the port.
I must thank Kent police for stopping the transporters going straight onto the ship before Animal Health arrived and we are sure
that is what they were going to do because the ships engines were already running. There was a rumour these transporters hadn't
had a supervised loading so Animal Health had the responsibility of doing better inspections in the port and if they had gone straight
onto the ship then they would have had no inspection at all. I checked with a welfare contact this morning and sure enough they h
adn't had a supervised loading due to lack of staff.
I believe that Animal Health inspectors did their best with a torch and an A-Frame ladder in the dark but obviously nothing can
replace a supervised loading and I feel Onderwater was pushing to get as many animals out as possible so this lack of supervision
suited him as no Animal Health in the port would have suited him but he hadn't counted on the police barring his way.
We noticed that the box trailer was badly damaged at the rear top nearside corner and looked as though it had hit something during
the time since we last saw it or this was another box trailer using the same registration number as the usual one that he uses.
We know he has done this number sharing with normal trailers but when pointed out to the authorities as usual nothing gets done.
When he arrived in Calais he unloaded the 4 transporters but observers in Calais port contacted us because one of the trailers
appeared damaged, not the box, and was stuck on the quay. Because it is a restricted area they couldn't get close to the trailer and
so we only believed it still to be full of sheep but if it wasn't where had they gone. We contacted Animal Health here but were told at
first that because it was now on French soil there was nothing they could do.
We persisted and eventually WIT did say they were trying to get their opposite numbers in Calais to find out what was going on.
They were very concerned and it was obvious they are totally sick of the Joline and all the trouble it brings and would be glad to
see the back of it. We have heard nothing since and tomorrow the authorities are closed until Monday.
We pray it has been sorted before then or these animals will suffer big time.
I rang the RSPCA to see if they had any means of inspecting this trailer but I was told they are not allowed in Calais port and of
course it's French so RSPCA is not welcome there.
However during my conversation I did learn some useful information. It appears that after midnight tonight when Brexit comes into
play the paperwork will change and Onderwater will have to have proper veterinary certificates for the animals.
A lot more paper work and vets to be paid so they thought there would now be a break until they can sort this out.
He felt at least we would have a break for January and February and probably longer. He also felt that once we get the consultation
out of the way there was a high chance a ban would come into play sooner rather than later.
The RSPCA feel a ban would be good news for the government to earn them brownie points after a period of nothing but bad news
and a bill to ban this trade would get cross party support. We are now on the countdown and ask everyone to pray, badger their
MPs and keep on at Boris.
We learnt later that the Welsh driver that brought O9NE of the transporters to the port early Thursday morning deposited his vehicle
on the Joline and then left the port in the car that had come across with the empties heading for Wales.
This meant that when they reached Calais they were a driver short and it looks like the cab and trailer that was left on the quay in
Calais waited for Onderwater to drop his load and return to take this vehicle to its final destination. Poor animals waiting all that
time to have their throats cut.
Sailing 30th December 2020
Sorry I am late with this blog but I have been waiting for information to come in from various sources.
There were five transporters last night, the Box, The Griffin and DeJong plus a Van Veen wagon and drag and one that last sailed
on 8th August 2019 with Arabic markings for the Eid and carried the name of Tijgs Haarle. They were an hour earlier than the time
given arriving at 12 midnight. It seems everyone is trying to get in on the act before Brexit, a man is judged by the company he
keeps and Onderwater has some pretty shady friends.
We were not allowed there so could obtain no footage of the animals but someone managed to get a video of the transporters
travelling in line towards the port so you can see the transporters. The last one is the Arabic type one.
Underwater himself led them in like a royal procession, he really thinks he's king and the police are his private army. His son was
there also, Damien, joining the family firm. His name is not Damien just our name for him after the Anti Christ in the film Omen
and unfortunately from a nice looking little boy he is growing into a rather offish adult, increasing in girth every time we see him and
all he seems to do is giggle like a stupid girl. If he thinks this is all a joke he is wrong and we will work until we get his evil family,
yes his mum as well, stopped from Ramsgate.
She must be very proud of the way she is bringing her family up with lessons in cruelty on a regular basis.
As last night we are not allowed to be at the port but I have many contacts and so we do get a lot of information and
I think they realise we are watching them constantly.
Sailing 16th December 2020
At tonight's sailing we were told there would be 7 lorries and we all felt sick. I decided to go up country with Ian again and we waited.
We had been told the time had changed from 6pm to 7pm and there would be 6 lorries now. However, at 6.40pm three lorries raced
past us and we joined them took the registration numbers then dropped back and looked for the other three.
Bad signage on OF 68 RN
Ramsgate was fast approaching so we decided to overtake and head to the Nethercourt Roundabout. We managed to park and
joined the people already there, more than last week, over 70 and I felt very grateful that people had decided to come but were f
ollowing Covid guidelines. Everyone looks very strange with mask, some with shields and in the dark it looked like another world.
Protesting with shields and masks
We still protest
A socially distanced protest
People sat down as usual and the filming took place. Two lorries had been filmed up country and two that had loaded
in Wales were filmed in Wales. We saw things that in our opinion were not up to high animal welfare rules but according to
APHA present legislation made it that they passed inspection. Of course, our standards are too high!!!
Van Veen, packed solid
People were still standing about after the lorries went down to the port but dispersed gradually.
Our team watching from the esplanade saw the usual swap cabs carry on with the DeJong, the Griffin and the other Onderwater
cabs all changing places. Not sure why they do this and does it invalidate the journey logs, who knows, who cares!!!!
Earlier someone had filmed the trucks up country and Onderwater filmed them back very aggressively but our supporters
held their nerve and continued to film the animals.
Onderwater films us
Sailing 9th December 2020
Today saw once again four transporters Van Veen and Swier both wagon and drag's. I believe they are both associated with Evil
man Tom Lomas. I'm surprised he is still alive because he has been exporting since the 70's, however, they say the devil takes care
of his own. I understand he was convicted of animal cruelty a long time in the past when we had MAFF instead of APHA.
Even before Ian and I joined the campaign and many of the people from that time are either too old now or, sadly, have left us
but he manages to keep going although he seems to have had too many pies.
Van Veen lorry with injured sheep
The other two transporters were Onderwater's own, the Box and DeJong. We joined them up country collecting any information we
could then headed to the roundabout and this time Ian and I decided to get out of the car so we could have a look for any
irregularities and join about 50 hardy supporters.
More police than protesters
After our usual sit down and 2 minutes filming the lorries went down into the port and we followed them,
parked up and watched the inspections.
Socially distanced sit down
We were amazed that after watching the so called inspections for so long we were actually witnessing proper inspections.
They actually even opened the box and deployed the A frame ladder to look at its three tiers.
Box inspected by A frame
There was much activity and Onderwater didn't look happy. We saw paper work which looked like problem notices being given and
more than one. Next the top of the Van Veen was opened. We did not know why but learned later that an animal that one of our
monitors had spotted and reported had been searched for by Animal Health and found. It had been injured by having its horn ripped
off and Animal Health said 'although it won't be in pain' I query that because if we loose a nail its very painful and a horn is much
more substantial, they had decided it could travel no further.
They wanted it euthanised, slaughtered, in the port and Onderwater had a license to slaughter, he would have wouldn't he.
I spoke to the commander of the police and he assured me that APHA were going to supervise the slaughter and our people saw
Animal Health go onto the ship so we believe it was slaughtered on the ship. Onderwater probably took it with him and sold it for
meat even though it couldn't be sold into the official channels.
We ask just how long had this poor animal been travelling with this injury. Just another reason why animals should not take long
journeys to die. We offered it a home at sanctuary but they refused to release it to us so we had no choice than to walk away.
trailer came off and the cab, which had brought it across on the Joline was changed with the DeJong cab again as happened last week.
It is probably being taken to Wales by the DeJong driver who happens to be Welsh. I know Welsh supporters are ashamed that one
of their countrymen is involved in this horrible trade.
We understand there will be another sailing next week and yet another probably the week after. He really is pushing for as much
money as possible before there is a ban. A lot of things in the pipeline at the moment but I ask you all to keep strong.
I know many can not come because of Covid. If you do come obey Covid rules and keep safe.
I am sending you the link for the 8 week consultation so have a look and see if you can add weight to the answers against the trade.
Remember everyone counts and we all have a voice so use it for the animals.
I queried why we needed yet another consultation and have discovered that the government is giving everyone the chance to air
their views so once the Animal Welfare bill is passed by parliament, and this contains a request for a ban on exports for slaughter
and further fattening, no one can moan and try for a judicial review to get the ban overturned.
They are trying to close every loophole because they do not want to happen with this what happened with the fox hunting ban.
I will keep you informed for next week and for any developments and rest assured we are trying very hard as you all deserve victory
after the amount of time many of you have stuck with us when there seemed to be no hope. I must just mention the police.
We have had many ups and downs over the years but today when a young man decided to abuse us and our aims they jumped on
the car and arrested him for abusive behaviour towards us. Wow I can hardly believe it but I must thank them.
Sailing 2nd December 2020
Because the Joline left Calais early today we were suspicious the exporters would attempt to bring the lorries through before anyone
arrived at the roundabout. As it was the ship arrived just after 4pm so a number of people had turned up early to make sure we had
some sort of protest even under Covid restrictions. I had decided not to attend because the police using me as the organiser were
piling any slight slip by our wonderful supporters on my shoulders and were constantly reminding me I could face a £10,000 fine.
On Monday it had even been suggested that the lock down wouldn't end until tonight so we couldn't attend but our people might be
passionate about this cruel trade but they are not stupid and the end of lock down was all over the media and the internet,
Everyone knew that there was to be a vote in the house last night and it would go through. So I had contacted the police and told
them that people intended to attend and I had told them to behave under Covid tier 3 regulations.
They read this FACEBOOK site so I had to make it plain to everyone just what was to happen and how they should behave to cover
my back as best I could.
I headed up country with my husband and one of our video team to meet the lorries and obtain as much information as possible on
the run into the port. But we were too early and the lorries actually passed us at 5.25pm as we waited and I alerted the port.
We pulled out behind, joining another supporter who was already in the chase, obtained the registration numbers at the first pass,
pulled off, waited and then rejoined behind and videoed all four vehicles on the second pass.
On the road
Another supporter joined the procession later on and we eventually passed all four vehicles drove to the roundabout and dropped
off our video team member ready to film the animals at the sit down.
I don't think the police wanted us to have the sit down but Reg insisted so when we arrived at the roundabout he was already
Reg and The Police
Reg sat down
Many of the supporters were holding up copies of the Sun article and some had it translated into Dutch. Onderwater saw them and
took a picture of one placard. He seemed very angry and one of our cars was nearly rammed by him even though our car was doing
the speed limit for that road.
We, after dropping off our supporter went up to the garage and waited. We understand that Onderwater was moving before Reg
had been helped up as he can not get up unaided. The police had to help Reg and Onderwater the lead lorry pulling the box trailer
brushed Reg's coat as he pushed past. Of course this was ignored and he had this opportunity because we had only been allowed
six people at the sit down spaced apart and he took advantage of the Covid rules. Evil man the Uk will be glad to see the back of him.
Once again an empty came in on the Joline disembarked and waited on the quay and after cursory inspections the loading began.
DeJong pulling the second lorry to arrive reversed onto the ship, detached the DeJong cab, the cab on the quay detached from the
empty trailer and that cab also reversed on to the ship. The DeJong cab came off and attached to the empty trailer and the other
cab now attached to the trailer on the ship full of sheep.
They used to do this on the quay and we wonder why they mess about on the ship like this instead of on the quay where there is
more room or is it so Animal Health can say they didn't see this exchange which must invalidate journey logs, or does it because t
hey seem to be able to do anything they want.
I was told later that the RSPCA and Animal Health had inspected the sheep and they were all fit and healthy. Well after first
inspections of one of our videos we have this picture below of one poor animal on the DeJong trailer and if that is fit and healthy
then their standards and ours are poles apart. What do you think????
injured sheep on DeJong
Sailing 23rd November 2020
As you know there was a sailing of the Live Export rust bucket Joline today and we were forbidden to attend, even though over the
last months we have done everything to keep our people safe.
However, for the last 25 years we at KAALE have attended every sailing of the various export ships over the years. I have cabinets
full of the reports from these sailings showing so many breaches of welfare and long-distance transportation laws and all this has
been sent to government over the years. Gradually the number of exports has decreased with the pressure brought on the exporters
but the authorities are always slow to act and we are now waiting for Boris to keep one promise to the British people and stop this
cruel trade. Lets hope he is not like the many others who have gone before him over the years.
To keep the pressure up we needed certain information and racked our brains for ways to obtain this information and
not break the Covid laws. Ian and I had some shopping to do at Canterbury so decided to use the Thanet Way home and hopefully see
the transporters so be able to get the registration numbers. The lorries were late according to the time given originally and instead
of arriving at Ramsgate at 9am. They actually arrived nearer 10am and this was lucky for us as it just coincided with our return journey.
We also managed to film the 4 lorries and reveal that Onderwaters trailer OF68RN has still no recognisable signage stating
live exports on the back. This was pointed out all over the summer as the sign became less visible as the sailings passed resulting
in Animal Health telling Onderwater he would no longer be able to use this trailer unless he had visible signage. What a laugh!
23rd November 2020 signage not visible
Even nearer, still not visible
Today Onderwater put two fingers up to Animal Health as the signage is now INVISIBLE but it was still passed.
They also put two fingers up to our country by using his lorries and drivers to gather sheep for the sailing from many areas even
though they come from countries with heavy Covid infections and lock downs. They were also using a port that is right in the middle
of a high infection area in our lock down.
We did not know what was happening at Ramsgate but we have since found out that Reg attempted a one man sit down but was
ordered by the police to leave or they would arrest him. Well done to him for the effort.Certain intrepid supporters staged a s
pontaneous protest at Cliffs End roundabout, well done all. Others, including Jane, hid in bushes to get photographs and videos.
Many exercised their dogs on the esplanade or took to jogging along this boulevard so they could witness the cursory inspections
and everyone had a camera. Some took to walking for their daily exercise along the Ramsgate road.
Facebook is awash with it all which I found out when I reached home.
23rd November Swier wagon and drag
As we had to pass within half a mile of Ramsgate to go home we decided to go down to the port and film what we could of the
inspections. We spoke to no one and approached no one but just stood at the fence filming when the Bronze Commander's car
came to us. He was aggressive saying he was disappointed and was going to fine us £1000. We said for what, there was two of us,
totally on our own and not organising anything. He then reverted to the £200 fine and we said we would leave but we had the f
eeling he wanted to inflict the fine no matter what we did.
We said we are going, turned our backs, got into the car and drove away. It seems that from what I have been told the only people
approached were our supporters and we feel this is discrimination but let's face it this has always been so, over all the years we
have been second class citizens and picked on constantly because we are easy targets. They know basically we are all law abiding
citizens and play on our belief in law and order.The commander rang me later to say that all the animals were fine, relaxed
and laying down told me that Animal Health could find no issues, again even the signage was fine but we have excellent
photos to disprove this statement. He also told me the RSPCA was very satisfied with everything.
I am now under the impression the RSPCA are only there to give approval to this trade so feel they are wasting donated money by
putting their inspectors in the port because although we have no videos from today of the animals we have plenty from past s
ailings showing injuries that the RSPCA have approved.
Thank you for all your efforts today which has helped us to put a report together. Not quite the same as usual but very good in its own right.
We now wait to see when they sail again as there is bound to be one as an empty came off the boat. the empty trailer was left on
the quay for a while and the cab went on board the boat swapped with the DeJong trailer and DeJong cab came off, hitched
up the empty trailer and left the port heading north.
Ramsgate empty coming in
Ramsgate 23rd Nov switched cab going on
The above two photographs show the empty coming in on the Joline and the cab reversing back onto the Joline after it had
dropped the empty trailer on the quay. Below is the Joline loaded even though we have such heavy restrictions because of the virus.
Nothing stops these exporters and no one cares as long as these trucks travel abroad.
23rd November Joline loaded under lock down
Sailing 26th October 2020
Today the lorries decided to come early, I sometimes think to try and avoid us. Early or late to make us fed up but rarely on time.
Spotted by our many spotters on the M25 at 12.40pm we realised they were going to be early so alerted our people. Many struggled
to get there and when the lorries arrived well before 2.30pm we were down on numbers but the people there did a great job.
A long string of lorries
As we were filming more were arriving and after the lorries had moved off over 100 people had eventually arrived.
Onderwater was using all 4 of his own transporters and the other two of the 6 were both Van Veen who works with Tom Lomas
of 12th September 2012 fame.
People were trying to slow the wagons as they approached the sit down and even the police admitted they came at speed, much too
fast for the conditions. As a result in the melee one of our great supporters was knocked over and injured. She had to go to A&E and I
have heard nothing since. We managed to film but because of the amount of vehicles and the miserly two minutes we get it had to
be done at speed.
Rush to film
As usual there was lack of head room on the Van Veen and no bedding in the trailer of the Van Veen wagon and drag. Animal Health
made them put saw dust in the top tier of the Van Veen and raise the roof on the Van Veen with compromised head room.
When the Animal Health inspector had walked away they lowered it again because they can't get under the bridge area across the J
oline when it is risen. The second vehicle in after the box, which was first and driven by Onderwater himself, was driven by
Mrs Onderwater with one of her sons, probably Damien, our name for him from the Omen.
The box in first
She is a vicious evil woman that purposely swerves a lot to throw the animals about. She seems to do this to upset us and finds it
funny. Maybe she will eventually get her just reward!!!! It took a lot of toeing and froing to get all six on board the Joline but at
last they were ready to sail. With the plimsoll line well down she left the port leaving us filled with many stressed emotions and the
usual request 'come on Boris please keep your promise'.
Friday 16th October 2020
90 people attended the sailing of the Joline on this evening
At first, we thought the turnout was poor but before the lorries arrive people seemed to appear and many spaced themselves out up
the road because of the Corona virus restrictions. We had a PPE table so the general public could see we are responsible and there
were free masks and hand gel for all. Brenda counted the people and counted 88 before our two people in the escort car arrived with
Arriving at the Roundabout
Three lorries arrived at 5.30pm, the Griffin, DeJong and the Box, a totally enclosed lorry like a refrigerated vehicle that can carry up
to 350 sheep. Inspections of this seem to be done by opening the back doors and peering down the length of the vehicle but how t
hey can see the front animals is beyond me. We expected two lorries but our escort car told us that after our other spotters had
left the first two for the port the third lorry, DeJong, joined them.
Craig Mackinlay the local MP came, the fifth time he has been to a sailing and the first time he has stayed the full distance even
pointing out that the DeJong had two bald tyres. This he reported to the police and we filmed them so I will follow this up. We
showed Craig a sheep with a badly ulcerated eye, some inspection at the loading or does this not count as a reason to refuse the
poor animal travelling so long in pain. We also saw an animal down and looking ill but Animal Health prodded it and like Lazarus it r
ecovered and was fine. I should have bet my pension on it.
I asked Craig about the promise in the manifesto and he said he was 100% behind us and the promise was in the in tray but Boris
had been a bit busy recently with Covid. He assured me he would keep pushing until it was stopped so I will wait a bit longer.
However, please write to the emails and snail mail addresses I have given you so we can keep the pressure up.
The inspections took all of six minutes in total and the animals got their passports, sun tan lotion and sun glasses. If only!!!
Sailing of the Joline 11th September
This morning saw fewer numbers than normal, about 60. Felt really sad but little I can do but pray the next time will be better.
We made a mistake also because a group we were supposed to ring when the lorries were seen on the Thanet Way never got
a call. Think we were all a bit shell shocked about the 6 rule however I have spoken to the police and I had devised a plan for us
round the roundabout. It would make it harder for me and harder for the police because we would all be so spaced out.
The police have told me that as long as we do are best to maintain distance rules where possible and wear masks where possible
we are exempt from the six rule as this is a political campaign to get a change in the law.
Some of our long standing supporters are ill, others just couldn't make it and many new comers must have felt they couldn't face
the animals again. I know its hard because it's hard even for me and I'm used to it but I pray next time you will make an effort
for the sake of the animals. I always feel I am in the middle of a battle and unfortunately the poor animals are the inevitable victims.
Three lorries today all sheep and once again many problems we spotted. We even caught a driver on his mobile phone whilst
driving a 40 ton truck. After much insistence from Beth eventually they pulled his phone which proved he was using it at the
time specified. He said he was using Google Earth and Beth's reply can you see through your ear!!!
'On the way to the port'
Signage was a problem, as usual, on one and this time he received a ticket again after insistence form Beth down at the port.
She was a little terrier today which made up for other things we could not change. At least she obtained good results.
This is all to the good as these drivers need to know we are watching their every move.
Onderwater's, the exporter, oldest trailer is now so dilapidated that it looks as though it is held together by bits of string and
sticky paper and one day will just disintegrate.
' repair plate'
These lorries have journey plans that must not be changed without giving Animal Health, DEFRA, 48 hours notice. Imagine our
surprise when once in the port they began to change the cabs around so the trailers they took into the port won't be the trailers
they arrive in Europe with. This all breaks WATO, Welfare of Animals in Transit Order, rules and I will report these shenanigans
but doubt if DEFRA will listen.
An empty came out after most people had gone but we with the KAALE team were there to get the registration numbers and
we expect another sailing next week.
Come on Boris there are less than four months to the end of the transition period with Europe and then you can start
working to full fill your promise to us and the thousands of people who listened to your words on banning Live Exports and
trusted you to do it. Please don't let all these people down.
Sailing of the Joline 28th August
Today saw about 100 people attend yet another sailing of the death ship Joline the ex Russian river barge that is used by the
exporter Johannes Onderwater to ship Live animal exports to the continent for slaughter. The exporters have to use this
small ex Russian river barge since the normal passenger ferries out of Dover refused to take this trade in 1994 and ever since
then the exporters have used various private vessels which have become smaller and smaller over the years as the trade has
diminished. This is the smallest to date and can carry a maximum of six full transporters and cabs per crossing.
This figure is seldom reached and today there were just two vehicles a wagon and drag and a three tier artic all with the name
of Swier a Dutch company.
They were one hour and three quarters later than the agreed arrival time with the police who have to escort this trade due to
public protest. This meant that over 30 officers were hanging about for at least 4 hours before they arrived.
'Swier leading round the roundabout'
We protesters have an agreed with the police 2 minute sit down so our video team can video the animals in situ to enable
KAALE to gather evidence against this trade. Evidence that we gather on a regular basis of breaches of animal welfare laws.
'Ramsgate 28th August 2020 filming'
Below is a photograph of a ewe spotted today that has obviously a problem and seems to be prolapsing. Of course this should
have never been loaded for export as it means what ever the animal is suffering and is about to suffer it will have to endure
for many more hours to come as the export barge, Joline, takes at least 4 hours to cross to Calais and sometimes much more.
Remembering this is only part of the journey and it could be travelling many more hours until it reaches its final destination
We reported this problem to Animal Health in the port but even though they inspected they either failed to see this or thought
it was acceptable as the animal was not removed and carried on its journey.
No wonder we protest against this trade and we call on Boris to honour his promises made nine times on public TV to ban this
trade once we are out of the EU.
There were other problems this sailing including several animals with very snotty noses surely this can not be right!!!!!!
' snotty noses'
Another old friend , Workman the exporter, was spotted by two of our stalwart supporters on the Thanet by pass parked up
at the Dover end. As usual they took the details just in case, They can never hide. Yvonne
Sailing of the Joline 24th August
Today saw nearly 100 people attend the sailing of the Joline Live Export ship from Ramsgate port. Three transporters arrived
about 30 minutes later than stated at 12.25pm and were walked round to the usual 2 minute sit down.
Arriving at the roundabout
I will stop you
DeJong, Onderwater's own vehicle led them in followed by Onderwater's box vehicle and then a Van Veen wagon and drag,
the same sort that caused Myrna to be thrown into the road smashing her elbow, breaking her arm and shoulder and for the
moment paralyzing her arm. Our people walked in front of them to slow them down so that the people sitting in the road at
the sit down were not put in danger.
Read my placard
The usual problems were spotted, high stocking density, a badly infected eye on one poor animal and badly infected ears with
mites causing thickening of the ear flesh and excessive inflammation.
Who are you
Thickening due to mites
All this was on the DeJong and was reported down into the port for Animal Health to deal with.
In fairness to them today they did do a very strong inspection, agreed with some of our findings but it wasn't serious enough
to stop the transporter going. After all they are going to slaughter.
After the ship had been loaded an empty came out of the port challenging the large number of people who had remained when
they heard there was an empty to come out by driving at them at speed, not even checking at the roundabout, indicating to
go right and then swinging to the left once on the roundabout. They would kill us if they could but let us hope that him who
laughs last laughs longest and when we get to the end of this year if Boris keeps his promise we will be that man.
It was said at the port that the empty was for another sailing this week but the weather is forecast to be very bad so we will see.
I will, of course, let you all know and I thank you all for coming to help in our marathon to bring this evil trade to an end.
I learnt today that Onderwater is also involved in the fur trade on the continent. Just how low will this man sink.
Sailing of the Joline 30th July 2020
Unlike last night when we scrambled to get some people there before the lorries arrived, because they came an hour and a half
early in the middle of the night, today we had a great turn out, well over a hundred and would you believe the lorries were one
hour later than the suggested time. I feel they do all this on purpose to try to catch us out but we always rise to the occasion
whether there are 40 or 140 people there everyone plays their part.
A better turn out
Three lorries today, the DeJong, the box and the Griffin all Onderwaters own. Steve led them in as he has done for over five years
but today Onderwater, the lead driver in the DeJong, decided to knock Steve off his bike he wasn't hurt but the bike was,
however it will be repaired.
The attitude of the police was that he shouldn't risk riding in front of one of these lorries but they have never been against it in
the past because it slowed these lorries down to a safer speed due to the road conditions with so many people on the road,
without making the police look as though they were helping us in any way.
The people walked the lorries round to us at the sit down and the filming was achieved then these caring men sped down,
through the port tunnel, and into the port and out to sacrificial slaughter!!!
I wish to thank all the wonderful people who came with many from afar. For Britain supporters did not come and that makes me
sad because as I have said to them they are most welcome if they support KAALE and are there to fight for the animals but
KAALE could never get involved in any other agenda. I did hope they had come for the animals but I have been proved wrong
and I say sorry to the people who had concerns. I suppose because I feel as I do about the animals I always want to believe
others think as I do but I do not live in Utopia just work towards it although I doubt I will ever see it when people like the
Onderwaters breath the same air we all do.
An empty came off the Joline after the lorries had gone down to the port and took off up country. It was an English registered
vehicle and actually went out in yesterday's shipment. It is registered in the Cambridge area but we feel it comes from the
Welsh border area as the driver appears to be Welsh.
As you all know we have a further shipment tomorrow with lorries due at 2am so we will be there at 12.30. We are all ringing
and emailing WIT, Welfare in Transit, because of the high temperatures forecast for tomorrow but do not know yet if they will listen.
If anything changes I will text out and put on this face book site in the morning but at the moment the sailing is to go ahead.
At least after tomorrow we will know the dreaded Eid is behind us and we live in hope this is the last one we at Ramsgate will
have to face. Keep the pressure up and keel the faith. After 31st December they can act but I do understand Northern Ireland
is a sticking point at the moment, however, they are looking for a solution.
Sailing of the Joline 29th July 2020
Onderwater and his partners in crime came early today, 3.45am when they gave the time as 5 am. If it hadn't been for our
spotters there would have been no one at the roundabout but I did manage to get about 40 people to the roundabout for the
sit down which at one point I didn't think would happen as there wasn't enough.
No sit down
Thin protest line
As it was we had it and managed quite a bit of filming and once again anomalies were spotted, things the exporters are so
desperate to hide. This is why they try these tricks because they are afraid of public scrutiny. Thank you to all who scrambled to
get there and I'm so sorry for the people who had set off but just didn't have the time to make it. There were 7 transporters all
heading for the Eid festival and I find great difficulty looking into the eyes of these poor animals knowing just what they are going to.
Thank god they do not know what is to happen to them.
7 lorries lined up
Because of the sheer numbers it meant that this little boat couldn't carry them all so a Cab with the name Manders on it had to
leave its trailer, which happened to be a Van Veen trailer, on the Joline and travel to Dover to cross to Calais on P&O.
Manders a new one
P&O can not refuse the cab as they can not refuse the empties but they will not carry the animals, however we know that several
of the empties are crossing on DFDS even though once again DFDS will not carry the animals. I suppose we must be grateful for
small mercies. Even though the Joline didn't take this cab it was still overloaded and the plimsoll line to the rear was well below the waterline.
I always thought it had to be above but they get away with everything from all authorities.
Plimsol line disapears
Ian, along with others, who go up the Thanet Way to meet the transporters on their way down giving the team an opportunity
to get the registration numbers before they get to the roundabout so more time can be spent on filming, was caught in
roadwork's so ended up behind the transporters. Desperate to try to get back to the sit down because he feared for the safety
of our people being so few he looked for somewhere to overtake but only saw an opportunity when he reached the last road in,
Canterbury road West. He pulled out to overtake seeing the road clear of other traffic being so early in the morning but realised
there was a mini keep left sign coming up. He tried to pull in but transporters 4 and 3 working from the back closed up tightly
so he couldn't get in forcing him to have to take the sign on the wrong side. He put no one in danger overtook the last 3 wagons
parked safely at the roundabout and joined me and Reg at the sit down. The police are considering a prosecution against him
on a traffic violation charge. How many times have we witnessed the transporters do similar manoeuvres and the police say nothing?
As usual one law for them another for us. Never mind be assured we live to fight another day and we pray for the day they all get
their just deserts. Tomorrows sailing is supposed to be lorries at 1pm but we intend to be there at 11am. The Weather is set fine
and there will be a lot more people about to inform of just what the Royal Port of Ramsgate plays host to. Bring a drink, a sandwich
and even a seat if you can and plenty of sun tan lotion.
Sailing of the Joline 27th July 2020
Today the lorries were 30 minutes early would you believe. As usual the exporters are playing games.
I managed to get a text out to everyone 10 minutes before they arrived and from the starting point of 20 people there were over
100 by the time the lorries had stopped at the sit down. People were coming from all directions racing to be there and a very good
sit down and filming period ensued.
The thin yellow line
Hold while we film
All had gone smoothly when a shout went up from the last lorry in the pack of 6 lorries waiting to get past us and it emerged
one of our supporters had tried to jump up at the last cab to speak to the driver and had fallen backwards injuring her hand and shoulder.
I'll stop them for you
This not only stopped that vehicle but also stopped all the general traffic. I went down the line of cars and vans trying to explain,
most were OK but a few were abusive. Hey ho so be it the hold up was a maximum of 5 minutes which could happen in any traffic jam.
Much filming was achieved and already breaches of legislation have emerged. I will of course handle these and make sure the powers
that be have all the details to keep the pressure up. The next sailing this week is WEDNESDAY MORNING
lorries at 5am we will be there at 4am.
KAALE would like to make a statement and I suppose this is Yvonne and Ian's beliefs as we are seen as KAALE.
We are not a racist organisation. We are not aligned to any other organisation with far right teachings no mater what it believes in.
What we are against is religious sacrificial slaughter no matter what the religion. We would like to see no animal die to feed us but we
are not god so we do what we can to make the animals suffer less. I pray for the day when no animal has to be slaughtered but until
then we will continue until this horrific trade in animal misery is stopped.
Thursday 16th July 2020
Today saw over 60 people attend the protest at Ramsgate and the policing atmosphere was so different from last Thursday
I thought I'd been beamed up onto another planet.
However, we had a totally different female Commander who we have always found reasonable and after my complaint to the
force about the attitude shown to us on the subject of filming the officers had been made aware our video efforts were to be
accommodated with as much help as possible.
What a difference. Everything went smoothly, we were able to film the animals in the two transporters without any interference
and as a result we spotted an incident of flystrike, this is when flies leave their eggs on the rear of an animal and the lava
when hatched eat away at the animals flesh. We spotted a badly ulcerated eye and we spotted lack of head room for which
the driver was given a ticket from Animal Health.
Not Much Headroom
Because of certain incidents we have been able to film on the last 3 sailings and our complaint that Animal Health did nothing
about any of it in the port because the inspections were so swift this time the two female inspectors did a very thorough
examination, and we thank them for doing a good job.
Border force take an interest
They could not find the ulcer or the flystrike but in fairness the animals move about when being inspected and so we do not
blame this on the inspectors but we do ask how come the qualified vets or DEFRA inspectors at the supervised loadings did
not spot these two things when all animals are supposed to be examined outside the transporters before loading.
The two transporters were both Van Veen one articulated and one wagon and Drag and as this man usually works with
Tom Lomas we suspect he is the one who has supplied these animals and he is the one who we've had so much trouble with
before including the incident in September 2012 when he actually faced imprisonment, which was suspended, for how he had
failed in his duty of care for the animals in his keeping. Each lorry had two drivers so it is our belief they were going to the
Eastern European block or beyond and not the nearer member states.
I have had an answer from WIT, Welfare in Transit, department in Carlisle regarding the other problems our video team have
come up with over the last three sailings asking for more details which I am supplying and I intend to add these three new
ones to the ever increasing list. The only weapon we have is the pressure the evidence we gather at Ramsgate port places
all the authorities under and without you all we could achieve nothing so once again I thank you for coming. Yvonne KAALE x
Sailing of the Joline Thursday 9th July 2020
Tonight saw once again over 100 people attend the sailing of the Joline but the difference from Tuesday was unbelievable.
On Tuesday the police were fair, allowed us to film the animals without aggression and the whole protest went forward
Tonight from the word go I knew there was a different atmosphere, The ground commander was a man called Inspector McNeil
who we have had dealings with before and on each occasion there has been trouble. His attitude is arrogant and aggressive
towards the people gathered for the protest. I feel he thinks we have no right to be there and however he briefs his men the
other officers were more aggressive towards us than on Tuesday. Every member of the video team was man handled and they
tried to deny the filming. Aggressive behaviour towards us causes aggressive behaviour back and the smoothness from Tuesday had gone.
I was told they were doing their job making sure the lorry drivers were allowed to do their lawful trade without interference from us .
I must point out we too are doing a job gathering evidence of how these exporters break the rules on a regular basis and are
allowed to get away with it by the very people who have a duty of care for the welfare of the animals, Animal Health.
Animal Health call the exporters their clients and facilitate everything the exporters do instead of looking after the creatures
they should be there to protect.
We film to get evidence to push forward the case for a ban. The amount of evidence we have gathered over the years would
fill a large cabinet and yet Animal Health can never find anything wrong with the shipments. Obviously their ideas of good
welfare conditions are poles apart from ours but I can't understand how for the last four years everything has been perfect
with no issues and yet for the previous five years there have been problems with the animals on a regular basis.
I can not believe the exporters have suddenly become so caring or is it just that animal health now let anything go.
Their inspections are cursory, they only inspect one in three vehicles and then they rarely inspect all the tiers of that one
vehicle on both sides and they never inspect the top tier of the four tier trailer. The inspection is so quick they don't have
the time to spot the problems our filming reveals and that is probably why they don't want us to film.
We had been told there was to be six lorries tonight but when they eventually arrived there were four and the top tier of one
was full of hay so not a full load. Mrs Onderwater led them in accompanied by her son 'Damien' and she, as usual came round
the roundabout much faster than they did on Tuesday.
One valiant protester tripped and fell and another had his large sheet banner caught under the front wheel of Mrs Onderwaters
vehicle. A police officer did order her to stop but her idea is to frighten us into moving. Unfortunately the type of people sat in
the road would find it impossible to 'jump' out of the way but Reg times the two minutes and then the people get up with help.
In spite of the efforts of the police to stop us filming we still managed to get some quite useful footage and the way we had been treated
resulted in harsh words being exchanged after the lorries had gone down to the port. I ended up rowing with McNeil and the Bronze
commander, not my finest hour, but I had to try to protect our people and I felt the treatment they had received made everyone more
aggressive. The two of them dismissed our evidence gathering as trivial and told me that the professionals who knew what they were doing
were in the port, Animal Health.
This protest had the worst atmosphere we have seen for some time and looking back through our records the last time it had
been so bad was when Inspector McNeil had been the ground commander. He was told he was arrogant and his answer was
'thank you' so he obviously enjoys his reputation.
I feel there will be a number of complaints after tonight but we live to fight another day. We expect another sailing if not two
next week and of course we will keep you informed.
Thank you to all who came because without you we couldn't gather the evidence we need to keep up the pressure.
Sailing of the Joline Tuesday 7th July 2020
This evening saw over 100 people attend the sailing of the Live Export ship Joline.
The drama for us started at about 3pm when a transporter passed one of our spotter cars on the A2 at Dargate, speeding towards Ramsgate.
Our people found a roundabout and headed after the transporter warning all of us that the sailing could be earlier than stated originally.
They caught up the transporter to find it was Polish with two Polish drivers so obviously intending to travel all the way to Poland. Poor sheep!
He pulled into a lay-by near the Faversham turnoff and there he sat for over one and a half hours giving our people, who had now
been joined by another car of monitors, plenty of time to film and examine the sheep at leisure. This was lucky because these poor
animals were very stressed and our people had to stand talking to them until they calmed down so they could be filmed.
From enquiries these animals had been on this vehicle since early morning and on such busy roads their fear must have been horrendous.
The drivers were unwilling to talk with our people and at one point decided to try to loose them by setting off again and then turning back
up the A2 towards Dargate, then towards Whitstable and eventually back to the first lay-by near Faversham.
We were told he had been told to wait for the other transporter due for the Joline before he came down to the port.
The Polish Lorry
Eventually at about 6.15pm he was joined by a wagon and drag belonging to the Dutch company Swier and the two of them
came on to Ramsgate escorted by our two monitoring cars. When they arrived they were walked round to the sit down, filming
of the upper tier of the Polish vehicle, as the lower tiers had been filmed in the lay-by, and all the Swier was achieved and the
vehicles sped into the port.
Steve leads Swier in
Ian and Reg Sit Down
I feel everyone played their part. It was obvious the polish drivers hated what was happening and we hope they will think
twice about coming again. Thank you to everyone who came including the men from Hartlepool and Birmingham, and the girl
from Hastings, such commitment. Without you all we could not achieve all we do. Please keep writing to Boris and your own MP's,
we must keep the pressure up as at the end of the year we are out of the EU totally and then there is no excuse,Sailing of the Joline 18th June 2020Today, 18th June, we once again gathered at our infamous roundabout to witness the first sailing of the Joline since
early March. You'd think after all that time the exporters would have everything timed to the second and everything
working correctly. However, we had been told the lorries were due at 11am for a 12 noon sailing so most people, and
there was a good turn out, arrived by 10/10.30. At 11am transporter BT JD 75 exited the port having come across on the Joline f
rom Holland where the boat had been for its MOT. We were then told the lorries were not due until 1pm to 1.30pm. Then 2.30am,
are you beginning to get the picture. Some people had to go, some went away and came back, and still the time ticked away.
Eventually the 2 transporters arrived at 4.10pm. The driver of the Griffin lorry was using a mobile so driving a 40ton truck one
handed. None of the drinkers were working when checked at the 2 minute sit down and the animal's smelt to high heaven,
obviously having been on the vehicles for so long.
We reported our concerns to the police. DEFRA did agree the drinkers were compromised because one water container had come
adrift. They denied the mobile phone incident so we are searching for video footage and the police, as usual, targeted Elizabeth,
one of the video team, while she was filming, for what reason I have no idea. However, we did get good photos.
I have complained to the police about the total waste of public money that resulted in over 30 officers having to wait many
hours for these two transporters of sheep to arrive. After all the exporters had plenty of time over the last 3 months to organise this
journey but their organisation skills are nil. I also pointed out that the empty that came off the ship at 11am had returned full a
at 4.10pm meaning that the exporters had made the police wait while they drove up country, loaded the sheep and returned for the sailing.
The police hadn't realised this and THEY SAY they are to take up these issues with the exporters. Don't hold your breath because
the exporters call the tunes, always have, so nothing changes.
UPDATE OF THE SAILING ON THE 18TH jUNE 2020
This is an update on yesterday's debacle. As I told you yesterday the transporter BT JD 75 left the port at 11am, went up country
and returned with the other transporter at 4.10pm fully loaded, or so we thought. However, after examining our photographs we
have discovered the trailer he brought back was a different trailer but they had put the number of the trailer he took out on it.
We now believe the cab that was bringing this trailer to the port broke down so BT JD 75 had to ride to the rescue. T
his would account for the long delay and the fact both lorries stank to high heaven. I am also attaching a photograph obtained
by Kent Animal Defenders of the floor of the Griffin lorry. It totally breaks all legislation as the floor should be none slip and have
enough bedding to soak up all urine and faeces. We feel these animals had been loaded a very long time and Animal Health i
nspected the Griffin trailer and passed it.T his photo shows just what they will pass.
How can they earn their salaries when they will pass such obvious breaches of the legislation. If any of you watched the BBC
coverage of yesterday I am sure you will be as outraged as I was. About 50 seconds showing protesters round the two trailers
and a statement from the farming community saying it was a legal trade with the highest welfare conditions. well if this is high
welfare I should hate to think what is low.
I have put a complaint into the BBC about the bias of the report as although they interviewed three people nothing
we had to say for the other side of the picture was shown. I ask you all to also complain. You can do it on line at BBC
Complaints or by letter to BBC Complaints, PO Box1922 Darlington DL3 OUR.
They never give our side only the side of the farmers and exporters.
I ask when was the last time one of these farmers that sell to Onderwater travelled with their animals on one of these transporters
to Ramsgate, on the Joline, and onwards to final destination to watch their animals being slaughtered sacrificially so they can check
the welfare. Well I would say never!!! They shut the farm gate and forget their animals ever existed until next time.
Finally Boris said once again in Parliament last week that he is to ban this trade. I am adding a link for you to see it and ask you to
write to your MP's and to Boris at the House of Commons stepping up the pressure for him to keep his promise.
Thank you to all Yvonne KAALE
Sailing of the Joline 13th March 2020
Tonight saw 2 three tier transporters full of sheep, one Van Veen which was a wagon and drag and one owned by Underwater,
plus a small wagon type named Swier, travel onto the Joline for slaughter in the EU or even beyond
These vehicles appear to be all that was left of the 5 vehicles that were supposed to go last Friday, 6th March, when the Joline
broke down as it attempted to leave Calais port. The vehicles were four hours out from Ramsgate and we were told the animals
were going to lairage. We later found out that was at Tom Lomas's Assembly centre near Wisbeach. Four of the vehicles were
carrying sheep the fifth was carrying calves which we supposed were from Dunbretton farm Scotland. We later found out these
calves had not come from Scotland but from Northern Ireland and for the life of us we can not understand why the calf exporter
would want to carry the animals into UK mainland for a journey to Ramsgate and subsequently on the Joline when they could have
gone through Southern Ireland, the route they used to use before P&O stopped carrying the Scottish calves into
Northern Ireland forcing them onto the Joline.
About 75 people attended the sailing and although I thank them all for coming and standing with us against this trade
I did feel a twinge of disappointment because I had hoped more would come seeing as this was the first sailing since last
December and was in the evening. I know people get tired and loose interest but the animals have no choice and Onderwaters
smirking face fills me with rage.
The transporters arrived on time and we did manage the two minute sit down but it was a scramble to film all the animals as
some of our photographers were unable to come.
Rest assured the KAALE core team were there and we ask everyone to try to give a few hours occasionally for the creatures
who have no voice. We still have this year to get through before we will know what the government is going to do with
the promises they have made.
Latest news from KAALE
Since Christmas I have been a bit poorly so please forgive no updates. However I am now recovered and thought I would
update you on various bits of news. No sailings since the New Year up to now but at first it was a lack of animals and now the
weather as you know has been atrocious, so this has stopped the Joline.
As you know we have now left the EU and Boris Johnson stated once again that he intended to stop the exports in his first
speach after exit day. We are impatient but realise we have this transition period. What we need to know is the plans once
this is over so we keep emailing him and we ask you to do the same.
Theresa Villiers lost her job as Secretary of State for the Environment at the reshuffle and George Eustice has taken that role.
Dear old George he has been a minister at Defra for many years and now he has the top job. He has always been against the
export and chaired the debate Ian and I went to in 2018. He has always been receptive to our concerns but frustrated that he
could do nothing whilever we were in the EU.
I feel Theresa lost her job as she was to wishy washy and Boris seems to want decisive hard hitting people about him who will
carry out the manifesto pledges made to us before the election. He doesn't want things watering down because he has made
a lot of promises on all fronts. We wait and see and pray.
The first of February saw the 25th anniversary of the death of Jill Phipps at Coventry airport when she was killed by a transporter
while campaigning against the export of bull calves for the white veal industry by air, the year was 1995 and that was the year
Ian and I became involved. We held a memorial at the Dover 1st Saturday of the month demo on the first of February and we
had a good turn out with lovely floral truibutes. Thank you to all who came. There was also a further memorial after the Dover
one at Ramsgate roundabout which I understand was very well attended. I was too ill to go but I thank all who went to this and
especially to Gerard who organised it. Again floral tributes, ribbons placrds and candles were used to pay tribute to Jill who
paid the ultimute for the animals.
I also wish to thank Beth who in her own time flew to Scotland to present all the evidence against the calf exports we have
gathered over this last year to the Scottish governments chief vet. This woman has the control of the exports and we feel she
was shocked especially of just how much we knew about what was going on. We know she is asking her vets, who do the
inspections, to step up their examinations. She can not stop the Joline but she can make sure the animals travel the best they
can and this can have a marked effect on the trade. When people ask and doubt why we film so much and gather so much
evidence I say to them this is why so we can challenge the people in charge and when we have the evidence thay can not ignore us.
We check daily and as usual will let you know as soon as there is any movement.
Sailing of the Joline Thursday 19th December 2019
On this night saw over 90 people turn out in the most atrocious weather for a shipment of one, yes one, transporter carrying
sheep arrive at Nethercourt.
It was Van Veen wagon and drag from Northamptonshire and our friend Tom Lomas, the most evil of men, who had gathered the
consignment at his farm there. He was the man convicted at Dover magistrates court for the debacle on the 12th September 2012
when 46 sheep died in Ramsgate port. Our spotters picked it up at the beginning of the Thanet Way, more joined the convoy at
Dargate and our last car waiting at Minster got out in front and led it at a slow pace to the roundabout. We do this to stop them
charging round the roundabout to the sit down putting our people in danger.
Last night the people there were as one and so solidly together it was wonderful. They went into the road and the driver
stopped as he entered the roundabout this lasted a few minutes and I was told that we had taken the two minutes there and
would not be allowed the usual two minutes at the sit down I said this had been fought for and achieved over two years ago
by Reg and we had no intention of giving up this small concession we have to be able to film in safety.
Unfortunately Reg wasn't there because his one good hip has now gone and he is waiting for an operation on the 6th January
so it was down to me. I stood firm and when eventually the lorry arrived at the sit down we were allowed to go ahead.
No one damages the lorries at this point but we let the driver know just what we think of him while the video team get going.
A success and sick animals found as usual. The police carried our concerns into the port to Animal Health but as usual everything was fine.
This sheep is blind but even the RSPCA find nothing wrong and I am now wondering just why they bother going because all they
are doing is rubber stamping Animal Health's decisions so giving them respectability. What a waste of time.
They used to be on the side of these animals but now I believe that has gone.
Persistence must carry on and it does work because two of our supporters have been pursuing a female farmer at Bethersden
for two years. This week they have got her. She is facing trial and a custodial sentence on the 23rd January.
Well done you two you are amazing.!!!
I am receiving all you criticism about our hope for the future with this new government. I suggest if you can do better than we
have done for the last 25 years then please get in touch and I will willingly hand you the baton and let you get on with it.
We have to deal with what we have and if you believe staying in the EU will stop the exports then please tell me what I have
done wrong with the negotiations we have conducted over the last 25 years including going to the Commission.
Some people rant and rave about how to do things but I never see them doing anything but just talking.
If you think I have given 25 years of my life to work on stopping this trade then you obviously think I'm mad because it hasn't
stopped, however it has reduced dramatically, with no help from Europe, from 25/30 lorries a day in 1995 to the small amount
over the last few year 34 lorries all year in 2018.
I speak to the people who can make a difference and many are now on side. In the queen's speech under the animal welfare
bill there is a sentence stating they will take measures to reduce travel times for animals for slaughter and further fattening,
please read through all 102 pages and find it for yourself. This is the first step and the nearest we have ever been. We must
now keep the pressure up on Boris on his twitter account and by email's, hundreds of them. The old saying England expects
comes to mind. Further evidence of there commitment to sort this out is the promoting of Zac Goldsmith to a peerage so he can
carry on as head of DEFRA. I met Zac in the Commons in 2018 and he is 100% against live exports. He lost his seat to the
Lib dems, who care nothing for animals, so he has been promoted so he can carry on and get the legislation ready to go before
Please let us wait and see for this coming year while we continue to collect the evidence and keep the pressure up.
A MAN MUST BE JUDGED BY HIS SUCCESSES AND FAILURES NOT JUST ONE WEEK AFTER HE TAKES OFFICE.
I will be the first to go for him if he fails
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