Ferry company stops shipping calves over welfare concerns


The Scottish company made the announcement following a BBC investigation.

Ferry company stops shipping calves over welfare concerns

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The Scottish company made the announcement following a BBC investigation.

P & O' Ferries announced on Tuesday (September 11th) that it will stop the transportation of young calves across the Irish Sea destined for continental Europe.

A statement released on its Facebook page confirmed that this will take immediate effect.

"We place the highest priority on animal welfare across all of our routes."

"We will not hesitate to act decisively and close the account of any customer which breaches out policies in this area." The statement read.

The ferry from Cairnryan travels to Larne, Northern Ireland where animals are then taken to Rosslare or Dublin for exportation.

Investigation

The company announced that it would cease co-operating with the Scottish Government following a BBC Scotland investigation.

P & O' Ferries claimed that they were "shocked by the scenes" in the documentary - "Disclosure: The Dark Side of Dairy".

Farmers and Scottish farming organisations have made official complaints following the screening of the investigation.

Vet

Concerns have been raised by Scotland's Chief Vet - Shelia Voas - who outlined her thoughts in The Times.

"There are a small number of calves being transported to Spain for fattening and production. There are male dairy calves which otherwise would have no productive purpose in Scotland."

"We are committed to ensuring that livestock being transported are supported by high-welfare standards."

"Some reports have distorted the reality of these journeys." She added.

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