Brightlingsea - Day 8

23rd January 1995

The owner of the wharf in Brightlingsea has said that he wants to sell it, as the protests have been too much hassle. Today, protestors delayed trucks by walking slowly in front for two miles, but failed to turn the trucks back. Police arrested five people.

William Waldegrave, the agriculture minister, has been having talks with Britains partners in the EC, and claims that they went better than he expected. Matters under discussion included the length of time that animals could be transported for, without food, drink and rest. He also said that the days of the veal crate in Europe are numbered.

Today saw the start of new rules in the UK which make it a criminal offence to transport live animals without first having lodged details of the trip, and having provided rest and water etc for the animals at certain intervals.