LETTER IN ENGLISH
In additiion signing the petition, also, please send a letter to the Minister and his deputy listed below, and a copy to the newspapers & TV below:
Mr Alexandros Kontos, Minister of Agriculture
Mr Konstantinos Kiltidis, Deputy Minister of Agriculture
Address, fax & telephoen number for both:
Kapnokoptiriou 6, 102 76, Athens, Greece
Tel: 0030 212 5753
Fax: 0030 822 9188
MEDIA (newspaper + TV:
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Honourable Mayor/ Minister
I am writing regarding your decision to shut down the first aid station of EKPAZ, the shelter for the protection and rehabilitation of wild animals in northern Greece.
Until recently, EKPAZ was permitted to operate in a basement in the Ampelokipoi borough of Thessaloniki, as the only shelter to treat and protect hundreds of mammals and birds injured in the wetlands of northern Greece; and their only chance of survival was the shelter in Thessaloniki where they were rescued and treated by generous volunteers who worked hard to rehabilitate and return them to the wild.
For years, these volunteers have been desperately trying to get the attention of local authorities and MPs to get help for the shelter due to its difficulties for lack of public funding. So far not only have they been completely ignored, but now the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture decided to shut it down due to its precarious conditions. But how could it be in a better condition when the local authorities have never lifted a finger to help. Furthermore, knowing the Greek mentality and the government's policies on such issues, a new shelter is not due to be found soon or late.
Meanwhile, since no animals can be taken into the shelter until a new location is defined, countless animals will be dying in miserable situations, and the poorer the Greek fauna will become, as there is not a single person, a veterinarian or a whole organization with EKPAZ's qualifications and its 20 years of action in the area, treating 1000 to 1500 animals per year.
Therefore, we beg you to do all in your power to reinstate the shelter as well as allow for financial help so this very important center will again be able to operate and save thousands of defenseless wild animals in Greece.