The livestock carrier Queen Hind capsized on November 24, 2019, with the loss of around 14,000 sheep. The Romanian government has been accused of silence regarding its investigation into the incident. The Guardian reports: “Romania’s prime minister Ludovic Orban vowed on television last year to end live exports in the “medium-term”. However, since the Queen Hind disaster more than 2 million live animals have been exported from Romania – mostly to north Africa and the Middle East.”
The Guardian contacted the vessel’s management company, MGM Marine Shipping, and reported that a company representative said: “Nothing has changed, I don’t want to talk any more about this vessel – I want to forget about it,” before hanging up.
It seems government and industry are much the same in Romania as they are here in Australia – falsely promising reform when incidents are in the public eye before returning to existing practices and shunning transparency.