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Scottish calves at risk of ‘barbaric’ treatment due to Spanish exports

These young calves who rely on the nutrition from their mother travel for 100 hours and more being exposed to the elements with little more than water to keep them going.

PAULA MURRAY: ‘Compassion in World Farming (CiWF) said Spanish farmers had seen a boom in live exports to North Africa and the Middle East, meaning animals born on Scottish farms were at real risk of being “butchered in barbaric conditions” in a different continent… Scottish Government figures show 5,199 unweaned calves were dispatched to veal farms in Spain last year for fattening. The animals faced up to 135 hours in a lorry and, while there are resting stations along the way, they are rarely let out of the trailers…

Mr Palmer said: “These young calves who rely on the nutrition from their mother travel for 100 hours and more being exposed to the elements with little more than water to keep them going… Exports of live animals are thought to be worth more than £50million to the Scottish economy each year. But the vast majority are taken to the other parts of the UK for slaughter, breeding or fattening. More than 3,000 sheep and 1,000 cattle were exported to Ireland last year, with hundreds more going to Belgium, France, Germany and Italy largely for breeding’. SOURCE…

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