Target: Albanian Environment Minister Lefter Koka
Goal: Thank Albania for imposing a two-year hunting ban to address the critical state of endangered wildlife
The Albanian government has recently imposed a hunting ban in order to preserve some of the country’s endangered species. Brown bear, eagle, pheasant, and quail populations have fallen dramatically in the past years due to rampant, sometimes illegal, hunting. These species are considered critically endangered and close to extinction in the country. The drastic two-year hunting ban will prohibit all hunting in Albania, in a last-hope attempt to save some of these critically endangered species.
Thousands of European hunters travel to Albania each year because of the lax and poorly enforced hunting regulations. Illegal hunting is estimated to be responsible for 30-50% of the animals killed in Albania each year, with up to 75% of those hunters coming from outside countries. Over the past few years, the government has attempted to improve the legal framework for wildlife protection.
Recent data has shown that despite the government’s efforts, the current situation can only be restored by a drastic moratorium on all hunting. The hunting ban was imposed in hopes of preventing further degradation to the fragile Albanian ecosystem and its wildlife, which are at a critical population minimum.
Though an inconvenience for legitimate recreational hunters, the all-out ban is the best move for the critical situation faced by much of Albania’s wildlife. It will deter the many illegal hunters that travel from all over Europe to hunt in Albania, as well as facilitate simple enforcement by wildlife officials. Thank Albania for working to preserve its dwindling wildlife through any measure necessary.
Dear Environment Minister Lefter Koka,
Recently, a moratorium was placed on all forms of hunting in Albania. The move was made to address the dire wildlife situation, where many of Albania’s species, such as brown bears, pheasants, eagles, and quail are critically endangered and close to extinction.
Hunters travel from all over Europe, especially Italy, to hunt in Albania due to its lax and poorly enforced regulations. In the past, the government has made efforts to improve the legal framework for wildlife protection and prosecution of illegal hunters.
Despite the best effort of the government, the situation has reached a critical point where an all-out ban was necessary to avoid extinction of many species. The ban will deter illegal hunters as well as simplify the capture and prosecution of those that break the ban. I commend your efforts to conserve Albania’s wildlife through any means necessary.
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