Great milestone for #SaddestBears in Albania!
Numerous demands and campaigns from several national and international NGOs, including FOUR PAWS, have forced Albania to tighten its action against environmental crime!
The Criminal Code of the Albanian Law ⚖️ has just been supplemented with a list of offenses falling into the field of environmental crime. This means that serious offenses such as killing, poaching or trafficking in protected animals can now be punished with several years in prison. So far, such crimes have been punished only with a low fine.
In addition, the “Law on the Protection and Conservation of Wild Animals” was added. As a result, a “Wildlife National Council” will be set up whose main task is to oversee and support the implementation of the new law.
We sincerely hope that these legal changes will have a positive impact on Albanian flora and fauna, including the wild bear population🐻.
A great success, considering how the bears live in Albania.
Pashuk had been chained up so tight at a restaurant that the metal had gauged into his skin by the time he was rescued. Hertwig, FOUR PAWS: ‘I’ve seen many suffering bears, but I have never seen anything like this. The chain had grown in so deeply that the skin had already grown over it”.
In March 2016, FOUR PAWS signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Albanian Ministry of Environment with the aim of working together to create a sustainable and animal welfare-friendly solution for the many, in catastrophic posture lived Albanian bears.
Tomi was given alcohol during years of captivity and had become known as ‘beer bear’ where he was caged in Albania
Since 2016 FOUR PAWS and other animal welfare organizations have rescued more than 30 bears from pathetic captivity in Albania, and transferred to foreign wildlife camps in cooperation with the Albanian authorities and other animal welfare organizations. Most of them were taken illegally out of the wild as young animals.
Ten of these bears now live in the FOUR PAWS bear conservation centers and partner projects in Kosovo, Switzerland, Germany and Bulgaria.
Carsten Hertwig from Four Paws, said: ‘We are happy that the Albanian Ministry of Environment is getting actively involved now”.
My comment: As long as there are brainless people who take selfies with wild animals as a holiday experience and even pay for it, then animals will be abused, enslaved, tortured.
There is very little hope to change this society in its perversity and indifference. Therefore, the solution must come from above, with laws and penalties.
If bear dancing and bear shows are banned, then finally, every stupid tourist will realize that the selfies with suffering animals from the last holiday belong in the garbage and in the history of Middle Ages.
My best regards to all, Venus