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27.01.2019 | Inspecting Live Exports at Port in Midia, Romania

Animal Transports Romania

Animals' Angels is in Romania and observes the loading of sheep at the port of Midia. From there the animals are shipped to Libya, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon. But why are the animals taken to Libya to be killed? Apparently, Romanian sheep are much cheaper than those of local shepherds – that's why this business has established. 

Within a few hours we see ten transports with about 3,000 sheep entering the port. Before that, they are transported for a short quarantine period to an assembly center approved for export. We drive there and observe loading procedures and the conditions during the 1-hour transport to the port. After an entire day of continuous loading, the ship finally leaves the port at night – with almost 10,000 sheep on board. In about five days the ship will reach Libya. The sheep will then be reloaded onto transporters and taken to markets and assembly centers. From there they are sold to local slaughterhouses.

Animals' Angels could only observe the transport conditions of the sheep to the port of departure. The conditions to which the sheep will be exposed until their arrival at destination in Libya remain a mystery. Not only for Animals´ Angels, but also for the Romanian authorities, as they receive no feedback about the arrival of the animals. The European Court of Justice has clarified in its judgment in case C-424/2013: For animals from the EU, the animal welfare requirements laid down in Regulation 1/2005 must be guaranteed until the place of destination, regardless of whether it is inside or outside the European Union. Nevertheless, the European ministries conclude agreements for trading live animals – without being able to ensure under which conditions they arrive at destination.

Animals´ Angels will confront the Romanian authorities with this contradiction.