The success – indeed, even the completion – of our Judicial Review is, sadly, not guaranteed.
Our application has been accepted by the courts. And we won a big victory in June, when they rejected an outrageous application by the Scottish Government for an indefinite delay to the case. But, there is still a long way to go before the expected hearing in the autumn.
Meanwhile, at taxpayers’ expense, the Scottish Government has hired costly lawyers to fight their side. And, what is more, Westminster has weighed-in behind the live export trade.
The UK Government made a manifesto commitment to end ‘excessively long journeys’ of farm animals for slaughter and fattening. Yet, the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs has appointed a leading lawyer to fight against our case.
In short, the UK Government is taking legal steps to protect a trade it claims to want to end. This hypocrisy is astonishing. And, sadly, this adds to the risk that Compassion’s costs for this legal action could escalate to the stage where we simply can’t continue the case. But, until that point, we will fight on.
- We will force politicians to expose their ruthlessness and duplicity, as they try to defend the indefensible.
- We will take this battle to the media – calling out the disregard of elected representatives for animal welfare and public opinion.
- And we will rally compassionate people across the UK behind the message that exporting unweaned calves isn’t just morally wrong – it is illegal.
We’d be so grateful if you could make a donation today, to help give farm animals a fighting chance against cruelty. Thank you!