The Primer Minister of Albania has ordered the slaughter of 2000 animals for the celebrations of Albania 100 years of independence. We are in the 21st century and this order anchors Albania in the last millenium, when Albania was not yet independent...
I WANT AN ALBANIA OF THE 21st CENTURY: STOP THE SLAUGHTER!
The 100th anniversary of independence is very close and we see all kinds of events and festivities being prepared. We are happy to celebrate such an important date and we appreciate all the efforts to have the most memorable celebrations. This is a time when every Albanian should remember the past, reflect over lessons learned from history, and as a citizen commit to work for a brighter, prosperous, civilized and dignified future of the country. However, an unusual order from the Prime Minister is circulating in the media recently. Instructions have been given to slaughter 1000 rams and 1000 lambs. The meat will be served (or sold?) to Tirana citizens celebrating the independence anniversary. This would be a very inappropriate way to celebrate such an event. This order anchors Albania to the last century or even further back in time. Albania would become the shame and laughing stock of the European community, in which it aspires to participate. Mass slaughtering of innocent animals to celebrate the most important national anniversary is cruel, unnecessary, and as a practice, belongs to a very distant barbaric past. This is not how I want to celebrate the independence anniversary of Albania: I want to share this date with my European neighbors without being ashamed of my country. Just months ago a Government meeting agreed to take strict measures to punish the slaughtering of animals on the streets and in violation of sanitary rules. The term “Medieval” was used. We do not want to hear that word used for Albania again. It can be avoided. We want to be proud of Albania. We want an Albania that truly belongs to the 21stcentury and to the big European family. And this is what many foreigners signing this petition want for Albania too. Listen to our and their voices. We urge you to order not to kill the innocent animals.