|RALLY AGAINST LIVE EXPORTS 2011|
Until recently I was a strong supporter of the European Union, but not any longer. Apart from the crisis with the Euro and bail outs in Italy, Spain, Ireland and Cyprus which worry me a lot. I am also becoming more and more angry about the ability of EU laws to force this country to do things its opposed to, especially the cruel export of live farm animals from Ramsgate. Not only do these EU laws render us powerless to stop this awful trade. They also allow the people who organise this trade (some of them convicted criminals) to sue Thanet Council for trying to ensure that the animals were humanely treated.
Here is a letter I wrote to the Thanet Gazette about this
I would like to publically thank MP Laura Sandys for all her hard work campaigning against live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate. Supported by the RSPCA and Compassion in World Farming, Laura has forced DEFRA to significantly strengthen its animal welfare inspection regime at Ramsgate which hopefully means that no animals unfit to travel will cross the sea from Ramsgate ever again. It’s also encouraging to note that Kent County Council Trading Standards are, at long last, upping their game and prosecuting some of the people involved in the cruel and barbaric trade on our doorstep. Last but not least, I would also like to pay tribute to the hundreds of Thanet people who have put pressure on politicians to force them to take action. Without this fantastic example of “people power”, I doubt whether the great and the good would have taken any notice of the sickening spectacle taking place at our Port.
|IAN DRIVER SPEAKING AT LIVE EXPORTS RALLY|
|BLOODY MASSACRE AT RAMSGATE - THANKS TO EUROPEAN LAWS|
This does not mean that I am joining UKIP. But is does mean that I will be actively supporting a referendum on leaving the EU and I will be voting to get out. Bring it on!