Live Ex Outrage from Romanian Farmers
Whilst the drowning of >14000 sheep from Romania is an absolute disaster that would have been avoided had shipboard live export not occurred, its aftermath is encouraging. An article from Maritime Executive indicates that there has been outrage in Romania from the producers themselves, describing the animals as "innocent souls": "If we are not able to protect animals during long distance transport, at least we have a backbone to prohibit them.” These farmers from a poor country seem to have shown far more compassion than the WA farmers (...oh yeah the Awassi was bad but live ex must go on...etc etc... and it shouldnt be banned across the northern summer just because it is a bit hot in the Middle East eg https://www.farmweekly.com.au/story/6396642/no-surprises-as-live-ex-vessel-goes-elsewhere/ amongst many others in a similar vein).
So, yes, as predicted, it appears some exporter has turned to Romania....but who knows Mr Seabrook....maybe Romanian farmers will show the compassion and animal welfare concerns that WA farmers havent....and if they dont....lets hope EU is more responsible than Australia.
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