Every fairytale with a happily-ever-after ending begins with tragedy, so that’s where we’ll start this story too…
When a live export ship, the Queen Hind, capsized in Midia harbour in November 2019 — a mere few hundred meters out from port — there was little hope for the Romanian sheep crammed on board. Over 14,000 animals were crushed or drowned as they tried to escape.
Initial reports couldn’t determine what caused the Queen Hind to list so badly. However, during the February 2020 operation to raise the wreck and tow it back into port, a damning discovery was made: additional decks, not disclosed in the official cargo plan, were discovered on the Queen Hind.
The discovery of these undeclared ‘secret decks’ raises the question as to whether illegal overloading caused the ship to capsize. It also reveals the true nature of this callous and profit-driven industry that treats living beings as nothing more than ‘cargo’.