In a lively debate following the presentations, participants discussed
the practical difficulties encountered by law enforcement agencies in
prosecuting animal welfare crimes. Various proposals for the general
strengthening of animal welfare laws in Kosovo and inter-institutional
cooperation for their effective implementation were also discussed.
training day was the first of its kind in Kosovo and, in the
organizers’ and participants’ opinion, it was a great success. The
conference was rounded off by two very impressive days, during which TIR
was able to visit veterinary clinics and animal sanctuaries in
Vushtrri, Mitrovica and Skenderaj-Drenas, among others. We saw for
ourselves the extremely important and valuable work carried out by the
StrayCoCo Foundation, which has been helping street dogs for a long
time, and the Animal Rights Foundation Kosovo. The already close
cooperation with both organizations will be further intensified in the
future, with various joint projects aimed at strengthening animal
welfare legislation and alleviating suffering for street animals in
Kosovo. TIR is planning similar projects with animal welfare
organizations in other countries.
TIR would like to thank
everyone involved, especially Dr. Helen Wormser from StrayCoCo
Foundation as well as Elza Ramadani and Arif Aliu from ARF for the very
warm welcome in Pristina and their excellent and laudable animal welfare
work in Kosovo!