Breaking! Romania Is Exporting 70,000 Live Sheep To The Persian Gulf Despite Legally Binding Animal Welfare Regulations

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Despite efforts this week to stop the cruel shipment of 70,000 sheep from Romania to the Persian Gulf, transport trucks have arrived and loading operations are now starting.

The news follows yesterday’s statement that Vytenis Andriukaitis, EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, called on Petre Daea, the Romanian Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, to stop the transport to Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. In his plea, the Commissioner stressed the impossibility of complying with EU animal welfare legal provisions under the extreme temperatures on the route.

“Despite the intervention of Commissioner Andriukaitis, Petre Daea has turned a deaf ear to the fact that this shipment is likely to breach Art 3 of the EU Regulation (EC) 1/2005 stating that animals shall not be transported in a way likely to cause injury or undue suffering,” Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals, said in a statement. “According to EU legislation on transport, if animal welfare cannot be guaranteed until the final destination, transportation should not take place. We need infringement proceedings right now.”

Horrifically, the poor animals who reach their destination alive, will then be slaughtered without stunning for the Festival of Sacrifice which takes place in August.

Sources at the Romanian port of Midia reportedly are being prevented from approaching the vessel, the Al Shuwaikhwhich is owned by the Kuwaiti company Livestock Transport & Trading (KLTT); sources have said that they can “hear the animals loud and clear.”

KLTT, a major exporter of Australian sheep, was the subject of a scandal last year that was brought to the attention of the media by Animals Australia. As previously reported by WAN, KLTT has a long record of violations and is responsible for the onboard deaths of more than a million sheep in the past decades.

In 2018, animals on KLTT vessels were found baking in their own skin and unable to lie down to rest or even reach food or water. During such voyages, heat and humidity combinations reached levels that caused heat stroke, resulting in sheep literally cooking alive in the holds of vessels.

Such visions of Australian sheep suffering and dying from heat stroke created outrage across the country last year and resulted in significant regulatory reforms, including the banning of the trade of live sheep from Australia during the Middle East’s summer months.

While that is a step forward, the live export of animals with the intent of slaughtering them should be banned at all times, everywhere.

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