Green Party animals spokesperson Keith Taylor has welcomed MEPs' support for his bid to restrict live animal exports across the EU.
In a vote on Monday, MEPs in the European Parliament's Transport Committee backed the senior Green politician's report on the implementation of EU live animal export measures.
The report calls for, among other restrictions, a four-hour limit on live transportation for slaughter and an eight-hour time limit on any live animal export.
The report goes further too, demanding a four-hour limit on transporting unweaned calves and an effective ban on exports outside of Europe, where EU animal welfare laws cannot be enforced.
The EU-wide Stop The Trucks campaign supported by more than 1 million citizens has long been calling for an eight-hour time limit on live exports. The measure would effectively stop the controversial practice of live animal export sailings from Britain.
Live animal exports became a contentious issue during the EU referendum, with Leave campaigners promising that exports could and would be banned post-Brexit before retreating from those promises after the vote.
Keith Taylor MEP, who represents the South East region from where most live animal exports sail in the UK, has long argued that leaving the EU is not the silver bullet to end the "barbaric industry". The Green Party MEP published a report on 'Animals and Brexit' earlier this year that explored the issue in depth.
Following today's vote, Mr Taylor said:
"I am pleased and genuinely inspired to see so many MEPs back my proposals to restrict the squalid live exports trade. This is an ambitious and cross-party step towards the kind of restrictions for which the Greens have been campaigning on for years, in the UK and across Europe."
"Domestically, an eight-hour time limit will effectively end the live animal exports trade in the UK - and that's huge. At the same time, the report passed today would rule out any exports outside of the EU - which is where the most horrific scenes of cruelty are often recorded. Leave-campaigners might have backed away from this issue - which they shamelessly tried to exploit during the referendum - but MEPs have today demonstrated our commitment to doing the most good for the most animals across the continent."
"This is just the start, though, I will not rest until we have a full and complete ban on this cruel and unnecessary trade."