Over 1,800 people have signed a petition to stop Stena Line and Irish Ferries to stop shipping calves and cattle to France for fattening and slaughter.
The petition is being led by Compassion in World Farming Ireland – Voluntary Group and is targeted at Niclas Martensson, C.E.O. Stena Lean and Eamonn Rothwell, C.E.O. Irish Ferries Limited.
In a statement, Compassion in World Farming Ireland said:
“Thousands and thousands of unweaned calves and young cattle are sent on a horrendously long journey from Ireland to France every year. The ferry journey from Rosslare and Dublin to Cherbourg takes 18 - 20 hours.”
“On top of this is the journey time to the port, loading and unloading time and the continuation of the journey in France before the trucks reach the designated control post where the animals can be unloaded and rested.”
This can add considerable time to the journey before they get a chance to rest and feed. Moreover, after the rest period, the calves are reloaded onto the trucks and sent on to Spain or the Netherlands.”
The statement said that calves cannot be fed without unloading, which is not possible whilst on board the ferry and highlighted the dietary requirements of calves and the susceptibility to disease.
“We call on Stena Line and Irish Ferries to stop profiting from this inhumane industry by allowing their ferries to carry young calves and cattle destined for fattening and slaughter on the continent.”
Find the petition here.