Recently,media reported that a cargo ship carrying more than 10,000 sheep capsized, resulting in the death of a large number of sheep. The cargo ship, the Queen Hind, was packed with 14,600 sheep in the Romanian port of Midia, bound for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Shortly after the voyage, however, the Queen Hind capsized at sea, helping Romanian police, military and divers and towing them to the port in the hope of rescuing the sheep trapped inside the ship.
In the end, there were only 21 crew members and 33 sheep, and more than 14,500 sheep were buried in the sea.
The accident shocked the European Union, which urged Romania to take legal action and said that to avoid such tragedies, the trade in live animals should be replaced by meat/body trade.
The president of Romania’s main livestock breeding and exporters association also said: “Our association is shocked by this disaster, and if we cannot protect livestock in long-distance transport, we should ban them altogether.” “
The European Union had previously blocked Romania’s export of 70,000 sheep to the Middle East this summer, when Animal International said the trade had led to the deaths of hundreds of sheep, with investigators describing the cargo ship’s unloading points as “piles of dead sheep.”