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Scottish CVO ‘disappointed’ with P&O decision

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By Josh Loeb

Ferry company P&O has ceased carrying calves from Scotland to Northern Ireland following public pressure after a BBC documentary broadcast this week highlighted the controversial trade.

Under previous arrangements, male calves were taken by ferry from Cairnryan in Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland, after which they were transported by road to the south of Ireland, from where they were shipped on another ferry to northern Spain.

But this week, the company moved quickly to end the transport arrangement.

A P&O spokesperson said: ‘We can confirm that P&O Ferries will cease cooperating with the Scottish government to transport across the Irish Sea young calves destined for continental Europe with immediate effect.

‘We place the highest priority on animal welfare across all of our routes and were shocked by the scenes in the [BBC] documentary. We will …

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