Romania: Exporting 100,000 Sheep Per Month to Iran ?

Read the full post at:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/10/romania-exporting-over-100000-sheep-to-iran-per-month-after-al-shuwaikh-we-are-interested-in-the-current-situation/

As regular visitors to this site will know, we have been tracking the export of Romanian sheep to the Middle East in recent weeks. You can see all our articles on this, along with other live export posts at:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/category/live-transport/

 

February – Romania will once again be able to export sheep and sheep meat to Iran, according to an announcement made by the Romanian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MADR).

Following the opening of this market, the Ministry declared that Romania will export nearly 800,000 sheep in the first six months.

The export market for (Romanian) sheep with the Republic of Iran has been opened due to the diplomatic efforts and the Government of Romania. In January 2019 the export certificate model was agreed between the National Veterinary Sanitary Authority and Food Safety in Romania (ANSVSA) and the Veterinary Organization of Iran, due to the ban on live sheep and goat exports to Iran being suspended.

To get things started, on 4/2/19 a shipment of 20 tonnes of sheep meat from Romania reached Iran. The export company Agricola International, from Bacau, Romania, is in talks to send an estimated 1,000 tonnes on a monthly basis to this country. Agricola International Bacau has unveiled plans to invest €9 million to upgrade its facilities and expand its output capacity by up to 30 per cent.

The Romanian Ministry is said to welcome this success. A very high demand in Iran of sheep and sheep meat in live is ever increasing, in a field where Romania has ample possibilities.

WAV Comment:

As an organisation which campaigns against all live animal exports; and which has recently reported in the issue of 70,000 live Romanian sheep being exported to the Middle East in temperatures up to 46 degrees; we have vey strong concerns for the welfare of any livestock being exported from Romania to Iran. Especially as the Romanian Ministry declared that almost 800,000 sheep would be exported in the first 6 months. We are currently unaware of what percentage has been exported as ‘dead’ meat, and what amount has been exported live.

As Romania is a Member State of the EU, when the EU politicians return from their Summer holidays in the fall, we will be writing to them and asking more about this. To date, requests about animal welfare have been ignored by the Romanian authorities; and the EU does not appear to be very quick in taking any action against them regarding this.

So; what is the situation for any sheep exported live from Romania to Iran ? – are we going to hear just more words from the EU that are just ignored by member states; or are we actually going to see the EU do something about it all ?

 

 

 

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