Rescue attempts to save sheep after 14,000 fall into sea as ship capsizes

A cargo ship with 14,600 sheep capsized in the Black Sea off the coast of Romania. The Queen Hind, a transport ship for livestock overturned on Sunday shortly after leaving port en route to Saudi Arabia.

According to The Guardian, the crew were all saved along with 32 sheep found swimming by the ship. One crew member was hospitalized for hypothermia.

Thousands of sheep are feared still stuck in the wreckage – most are presumed dead from drowning.

“Romania’s main livestock breeder and exporter association, Acebop, called for an urgent investigation. ‘Our association is shocked by the disaster,’ said the Acebop president, Mary Pana. ‘If we cannot protect livestock during long-distance transports, we should outright ban them.'”

Romania is the largest exporter of sheep to third party countries in the European Union and the third largest breeder of sheep in the EU. Animal rights’ groups have repeatedly called the export by cargo ship inhumane because of the egregious conditions the animals are made to endure.

What a horrible tragedy.

(Screenshot of The Queen Hind via The Guardian)

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