Request for Assistance
We have a situation in Corfu - the municipality continues to allow the directors of an unfit shelter to collect strays, and continues to support them. There is no medical treatment for the animals, no neutering, not enough food and even the water they drink is old and filthy. Moreover, adoptions are not permitted!
The water the dogs drink in the shelter
Outside the shelter, a dog that died trapped in a car. The corpse was left there for more than a month.
Please spend a couple of minutes to help!
A) Send a fax to the Mayor of Corfu. His fax Nr is ++30 26610 39500 or ++30 26610 32779 or ++30 26610 20622 or ++30 26610 46766 (sample letter below, you only have to add your details, sign it and send it). If possible, please send a copy of your fax to the Ark ( m-pandi@... ).
B) Send an email to:
Alexandros Mastoras, Mayor of Corfu: email mayorker@...
Council Nikolas Avlonitis, President of the Municipal Council: email corfumun@...
Prime Minister of Greece Costas Simitis: email Mail@...
Minister of Agriculture George Drys: email ax2u025@...
Honourable Mr. Mayor,
We have recently become aware of the collection of stray animals in Kerkyra by your municipality and their subsequent confinement in an unfit place, which is not run in accordance with the law.
Also, we inform you that based on the law that was passed the beginning of this month by Parliament, the municipalities must implement programmes for sterilisation and vaccination of strays in cooperation with animal welfare organizations who are already implementing such programmes, and that cruelty to animals (which includes their confinement in unfit shelters) shall be punished with severe penalties and fines.
Having knowledge of the above, we immediately request:
- That you stop the collection of strays and their confinement in the above mentioned place.
- That you allow free access by representatives of The Ark (Kivotos) Society into this place and that you aid them in their efforts toward adoption of the animals that are already confined there.
- That you work together with The Ark in future actions regarding sterilisation, vaccination, adoption or release of stray animals.
We believe that this issue is of major importance requiring your immediate intervention to avoid yet another scandal for our country and to prevent negative comment and reaction from foreign animal lovers. We hope that soon we will be able to inform our members, animal lovers and the press of a positive response from you.
Links: Animal Abuse in CORFUhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/1671032.stm http://www.corfudogs.org/True_Stories.htm http://www.senioren-world.de/Englisch/englisch.html http://www.kinshipcircle.org/letter_library/pdf/818.pdf http://www.petaeurope.com/alert/00/greece3.html Links: Animal Abuse in Greece http://www.goldengreece.com/animals2/1.htm http://www.bordercollierescue.org/the_dark_side/Content/Greece.html http://www.moggies.co.uk/articles/2003/greek_tragedy.html
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THOUGHTS from someone in ATHENS, GREECE to the CIVILIZED WORLD!
Athens, Greece 24.01.04
On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 GREEK TV viewers were horrified upon seeing the morning program of ERT 3 “? ???? ???a» (The Other Day) which featured the GOD awful “Animal Shelter of Northern Greece”, at Peraia, Thessaloniki. At this ‘exclusive’ shelter for abandoned and abused animals, amidst animal feces and carcasses, one saw emaciated dogs, most with appalling skin diseases, and maggot crawling in open wounds.
Viewers saw the poor dogs fighting over a stale, filthy loaf of bread, while little paraplegic and blind souls desperate and terrified, dragged themselves in front of frightened puppies and dogs suffering in the last stages of Leishmaniasis, a horrifying disease, causing intolerable suffering. Oh, by the way, in the past, Cannibalization has also been a featured item for viewing audiences.
For the thousandth time, TV viewers were witnessing the blatant violation of all animal protection laws by ‘shelters’ and the indifference of the Greek state. What is the point of legislation? Can someone tell us???
True to form, despite this documented evidence of an Animal Auschwitz, the Greek government remains indifferent and mired down in inertia and perhaps plain, old, unadulterated inhumanity.
(Let us bring up once more, the ahem, mysterious disappearance of thousands of abandoned dogs as the City of Athens prepares for the 2004 Olympic Games!and the magical disappearance of their carcasses.)
A guest featured on the morning program was Mr. Patikas, Director of the Veterinary Directorate of Thessaloniki, who constantly referred to the “notorious” new law, gazetted in July 2003 under No. 3170 entitled “Companion Animals, stray companion animals and other provisions”, without even once whispering the words “companion animals and sentient beings”, and also withholding the very pertinent fact that he represents the responsible body for the implementation of the new law!
The same Mr. Patikas, in October 2003, after receipt of official complaints was forced to inspect the above mentioned shelter and concluded that everything was perfectly in order! Perhaps this gentleman is missing a chromosome?
Furthermore, throughout the duration of the program, Mr Patikas failed to explain how, after only two and a half months, the disgusting situation which the camera was revealing shot-by-shot, had developed. Naturally, he did not see fit to propose immediate intervention by the authorities to relieve the animals’ suffering, although the health and welfare of animals is his responsibility. Needless to say, he did not inform viewers where the dead animals were buried!
It would seem that in Greece, laws are voted in parliament to justify the existence and salaries of the 300 MP’s; thus law 3170 was passed – full of promise - but without the slightest infrastructure for its implementation. Yet another law to seduce and mislead and destined for the rat eaten files of the House of Parliament, as is the travesty of a law, whose provision defines that the state reply within 15 days to a citizen’s written request. Otherwise a certain concerned party would have received a reply to her letter of September 4, 2003 in which she complained about the reprehensibleg conditions in the above shelter. "Concerned party" addressed her letter of complaint to Prime Minister Simitis, Agriculture Minister, Drys, New Democracy Party Chairman Karamanlis, Agriculture Deputy Minister Hadjimichalis, Prefect of Thessaloniki MPsomiades, and Director of Vet Directorate Thessaloniki Patikas, Mayor of Peraia Mantzari, Mayor of Corfu . Mastoras, Director of Vet Directorate Corfu and the Prefect of Corfu Machmari..
If the Fathers of the Nation are not disturbed when, through their own failings, Europe considers us barbarians, rude and arrogant Balkans, they should not be disturbed at the boycott of the Olympic Games and the influx of hooligan tourists at the summer resorts.
A call a "spade a spade" Greek animal rights organization," run by a phenominal Greek, raised abroad, is waiting to see whether the famous Greek ‘filotimo’ (reciprocal duty to honour) exists…..Because if it does, then every member of the Pan Hellenic Veterinary Association should undertake without charge, blood testing, treatment and neutering of the animals at the ‘Shelter for Strays Northern Greece’, and this is the minimum they should undertake in view of the promises made at their meeting in 2000. As for the Veterinary School of the University of Thessaloniki, it should always actively contribute towards relieving the plight of the stray animals.
In 2004, the year of ‘Volunteering’, the government should encourage in every possible way those distinguished veterinary surgeons of the European Union (amidst them, professors of renowned universities) who offer their services free of charge throughout the country, to neuter and treat desperately sick stray animals. On the contrary, with its indescribably idiotic bureaucracy, the government is, indirectly, ensuring that no such help shall be available to the strays, ever. God help the animals of Greece. God help the slaughtered of Athens.