Continued Animal Abuse in Greece. Greek Authorities Refuse To Do Anything!
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From: Marijo Gillis [mailto:twinkieperkyebby@...]
Sent: Friday, February 06, 2004 4:49 PM
PLEASE, please CROSS POST, as yet another heartbreaking Greek Update.
THOUGHTS from someone in ATHENS, GREECE to the CIVILIZED WORLD!
On Wednesday, January 21, 2004 GREEK TV viewers were horrified upon
seeing the morning program of ERT 3 "� ���� ����� (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
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
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