A shepherd watch his sheep in a field on the outskirts of Romanian village of Stoenesti on August 2, 2019. AFP / Daniel MIHAILESCU
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Under the burning sun in Romania's Midia port on the Black Sea, the Lady Maria stands ready to embark its passengers -- thousands of sheep to be shipped to Libya for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Despite a warning from the EU and shock footage released last year of heat-stricken sheep struggling to breathe on ships traveling from Australia to the Middle East, Romania continues to export livestock during the height of summer. In 2017 and 2018 combined, Romania exported 2 million sheep in total, mainly to Jordan, Libya and Lebanon, and revenues in 2017 amounted to 430 million euros ($520 million), according to the U.N. Comtrade database.One of Romania's biggest breeders, Agrozoomed, which exports between 70,000 and 100,000 sheep every year, says conditions on the ships are "very good".The new regulations require exporters to increase cargo space for sheep by up to 39 percent, varying according to seasonal temperature, and stipulate independent observers must travel on all ships carrying cattle or sheep.
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