P&O Ferries has announced it will immediately stop shipping live calves from Scotland due to welfare concerns.
The company said it would no longer allow calves to be carried on its services from Cairnryan in south-west Scotland to Larne in Northern Ireland, from where they are shipped via Ireland to Spain and Italy for veal production.
A BBC Scotland investigation broadcast on Monday raised fresh questions about the treatment and handling of the animals. It found that two- to three-week-old calves travelled in trucks for up to six days before arriving on the continent.
Scotland is now the only part of Britain that exports young calves because ferry firms refuse to do so from English or Welsh ports.
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