Speaking today in reaction to Michael Gove’s decision to back off banning live animal exports, despite Vote Leave’s claims during the referendum, Green Party of England and Wales Animal Rights Spokesperson Keith Taylor said:
“Time and again, leading Brexit campaigners like Michael Gove have shown that their promises are hollow. Reneging on the pledge to ban the cruel practice of live exports might not be surprising, but that doesn’t make it acceptable."
“It has become blindingly clear that Gove, Johnson and their Brexiteer colleagues cannot be trusted. Greens will continue fighting alongside campaigners in the UK and across Europe for an immediate end to this barbaric industry."
Mr Taylor first highlighted the government's U-turn on live animal exports in July when all mention of a ban, or even restrictions, was dropped from the Prime Minister's Brexit white paper.
The senior Green politician has argued since the beginning of the EU referendum campaign in 2016 that Brexit was is not the silver bullet to end the barbaric live exports industry.
In March this year, Mr Taylor published an 'Animals and Brexit' report which looked at the issue in more detail and set out a path to banning the cruelty of live animal transport for good.