Berevoesti (Arges county) - 16 healthy horses died suffocated during transportation and were dumped on the banks of a river

19 July 2008 - a few children of Maracineni - Arges county, found dead 16 horses on a waste land of their village, near the ballast pit.

After investigations by authorities: sanitary veterinarian authority (local and national), police, it was found that the horses died in terrible conditions, suffocated during transportation. They had been carried with truck for goods transportation, crammed, at high temperature. In Romania boiling hot days are common during summer. One night witnesses had seen a white truck from which somebody was trying to discard something on the banks of Arges river.

Investigations revealed that only 4 horses were microchipped, their owners were found (3 of Arges, the 4th from Brasov).One of them said he sold his horse for 250 lei, without papers, and he didn't know who the buyer was.

The village administration was fined 5,000 lei for failing to inform the veterinarian authority on the existence of the animal market, which was unauthorized - hard to believe such facts can still remain unnoticed today, and that there should be veterinarian offices in every village to monitor the animal welfare and to prevent such abuses to occur in the future.

The incident shows that probably just a (small) percent of horses are microchipped; such incidents are probably more common that we think, and such occasional, too obvious cases are just the tip of the iceberg, but they are more frequent.

It shows that unauthorized animal markets still exist, where the animals are sold for cheap prices and slaughtered, and all these channels are illegal.

How are the horses transported, slaughtered?

The owners of 4 horses out of 16 were identified: 2 of them were fined 1,000 lei because they had sold the horses without papers; the third owner provided the required veterinarian documents.

The other owners, of the not-microchipped horses, were never found.

The truck & the driver - the main perpetrator, responsible for the cruelty animal - were never found. Romania is known as a target for the European horse meat business, since the horse prices are cheap.

Braila, the city of dead horses

10 April 2009 - rotting remains of tens of horses were found in a pond on the outskirts of Braila.

The rotting carcasses: bones, offals, skins, stuffed in tens of sacks, were discarded not far from an inhabited district, Comorofca.

There is no horse slaughterhouse in Braila; the horses were killed illegally for meat, on the banks of the pond, and the remains - discarded in pond.

EU regulations require animal products and by-products to be disposed of by approved means (including incineration) other than disposal to landfill.

Should we have concerns about regulations, authorities, law enforcement, animal welfare?

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