Through one of our member societies in Albania we located the donkey and the wolf. We contacted the local Mayor of the Commune, but where unable to get any help in this matter. The farmer is at present unwilling to release the animals due to the potential profit to be made on the story.
We are trying to contact the Ministry of Environment to put pressure on them to force the release of the animals. Furthermore, we are contacting the Forest and Water Administration who are directly responsible for the protection of wildlife.
I understand that this maybe distressing and frustrating, but I assure you the WSPA is doing its utmost to resolve this situation.
We are working harder than ever now for the freedom of the wolf and relocation for both animals to sanctuary and/or suitable environments. Many more people, organizations and groups around the world that we have been in contact with are doing all they can to help.
If you would like to help us further please see the Action Alert below.
Contact the Government Officials in Albania. Please keep all correspondence polite
Sample Letter to the Prime Minister of Albania, Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha - please personalize
To the Prime Minister of Albania,
Prof. Dr. Sali Berisha
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Some months ago in the town of Patok, a donkey was thrown into the enclosure of a wolf as live feed. However, instead of killing the donkey, the terrorized wolf looked to the frail animal for protection. Photos of the unusual friends have touched the hearts of compassionate people right across the globe.
In the meantime the hapless animals have become international celebrities and more than 12000 people have already signed a petition demanding to 'End their misery - Free this wolf and donkey in Albania'. The flood of signatures and the interest in the predicament of the animals does not cease.
The World Environment Day on 5 June 2007 represents the perfect opportunity to end this suffering by adopting the European Union's animal welfare legislation which demands freedom from discomfort, from hunger and thirst, from fear and distress, from pain, injury and disease and freedom to express natural behaviour - which easily
translates into 'Freedom for the Patok wolf'. Wolves still retain protection status in Europe and any weakening of the Albanian wolf population is certainly not in the interest of your country which is famous for its rich wildlife.
There is also understandable concern for the well-being of the donkey because he may well be thrown to another predator as feed when, as seems to be planned, more wild animals will be caught and incarcerated. After the donkey miraculously survived an illegal action, he should now be allowed to spend his natural life in one of
the many shelters offering him safe haven.
Dear Mr. Prime Minister, please exercise your influence to bring this very sad animal saga to a happy end and prevent other animals from suffering a similarly horrible fate.
-Minister of the Environment
Secretary of the Environment
-Parliament of Albania
Minister of Agriculture/District Governor
All e-mail addresses
TO: Prime Minister of Albania
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We the undersigned petition Alfred Moisiu, Presedent of Albania to free both animals from the inhumane and filthy conditions in which they are housed and to release them to an animal rescue organisation or sanctuary to live out their lives healthy, cared for and in an appropriate environment.
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