Eurogroup for Animals and The Donkey Sanctuary call for an action to close the Tirana zoo forever

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Eurogroup for Animals and The Donkey Sanctuary call for an action to close the Tirana zoo forever

9 April 2015
Eurogroup for Animals
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Tirana zoo will still reopen its doors after the recent case of a horse attacked by his partner of cage, a buffalo, in front of families and children.

The Donkey Sanctuary with Eurogroup for Animals sent a joint letter to the EU mission in Tirana and the EU Albanian mission in Brussels, remembering them the requirements of the Directive 1999/22/EC on zoos.

The zoo in Tirana is better described as an animal prison — most of its residents are kept in small, featureless rooms lined with hospital tiles. Monkeys sit sadly in their cells, eagles cling to inadequate perches, and bears pace in chain-link cages far too small for their size.

The only “research” work the zoo has done is the forced coexistence over the last 4 months of a wolf with a domestic “Rottweiler” dog, abandoned by his master. This experience is considered “successful and innovative” by the authorities of the zoo, but has been criticized by the associations for the protection of animal rights.

OIPA, Eurogroup for Animals and Donkey Sanctuary call for an urgent action of the Albanian authorities, to improve the standards of animal welfare and find new locations for all animals as rescue centers, closing Tirana zoo forever.