Together with the NGO Compassion in World Farming, I have campaigned to end the transport of live animals such as cattle, pigs and sheep from the EU to non-EU countries because of the great suffering this trade entails for the animals.
The EU exports over 3.4 million animals a year to non-EU countries. The animals suffer greatly during this long-distance transport. Once they have reached their destination, they are also no longer protected by EU legislation and can be kept or slaughtered in systems that would be illegal in the EU. This is a very cruel trade and needs to end.