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Protests force port to halt shipment of live animals

For the past 60 years Berwick-upon-Tweed has left the lucrative business of exporting live animals to the major container ports of the south coast, preferring to stick to the less controversial cargoes of cement, stone and timber. That all changed last week when three lorryloads containing a total of 1,700 lambs were dispatched from the Northumbrian town to Rotterdam. But if the sailors of Berwick thought its remote location would allow it to escape the attention of animal rights groups who have campaigned so vigorously against the practice, they were very much mistaken. Yesterday, after being bombarded with everything from letters and telephone calls to threats and intimidation, the authorities in charge of this recently modernised 125-year-old port bowed to public pressure and abandoned plans for a second shipment. Full Story

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