NO TO THE POISONING OF ANIMALS FOR THE OLIMPIC GAMES IN ATHENS!
- Temat: RV: Od: Nuria López-Brea Ruiz <nurialbr@...>
Data: Fri, August 23, 2002 9:43 pm
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Give the strays of Greece a sporting chance to survive the Olympic Games
2004 Today in Greece , in preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games, many fear
the Greek government is going to deal with the problem of stray
animals by mass poisoning.
A HOLIDAY IN GREECE ?
A tempting idea, but if you are an animal lover ...
Poisoning of stray - and owned - dogs and cats is widespread throughout
Greece and it occurs on a daily basis. Those responsible for spreading
around poisoned bait are rarely caught in the act and usually the bodies of
their victims are picked up by garbage collectors in the early hours of the
morning. The poisoning is often excused as a necessary and cheap cleaning
up operation of the large numbers of stray dogs and cats which are seen as
a problem. Some people fear the strays would 'spread disease', others
consider them a nuisance, especially when their numbers increase.
Sterilisation is not common for household companion animals, because it is
regarded as a negative intervention in the animals' nature, but their
owners refuse to take responsibility for the unwanted litters of puppies
and kittens, which are usually abandoned. In short, many
people seem to view poisoning as a 'fact of life'. The poison used can be
anything from strychnine and rat poison to farm pesticides and herbicides;
even crushed glass.
WHEN THE TOURISTS LEAVE ...
The average life-span of a stray dog in Greece is less than two years, as
most of them perish during the winter months, if not shortly after the
holiday season comes to an end. The last charter flights depart from the
islands at the end of October, by which time most of the hotels and
tavernas have closed down for the winter.The strays, so dependent on the
tourists for food during the summer, are left to fend for themselves, not
knowing where their next meal would be coming from ... poisoned bait may be
their last morsel, if they are not shot, or hit by a car, or hanged
Millions of tourists from all over the world visit Greece every year and
many are shocked by the sights of animals in distress. They often befriend
and feed the strays, who are generally very friendly and loving ... they
just want to 'belong' and they try very hard to find somebody to adopt
them ... the lucky few succeed.
YOU TOO COULD ADOPT
A GREEK STRAY
... and give him/her a chance of a happy and secure future
THE KILLING MUST STOP!
Even rampant poisoning is not recognized as an official problem! There are
hardly any reports made to the police. And despite their anger and sorrow,
the somewhat cynical and lax response from the owners of
animals poisoned to death shows that they do not trust the judicial system;
some even fear it. So it appears that poisoning will long remain acceptable
within the Greek culture, as long as the authorities themselves show total
indifference to the problem.
ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS
Greece has adequate animal protection laws, but in general, they are not
enforced! We can all try to ensure that they are enforced whenever
possible. If you happen to witness a cruelty case, please report it to the
police and the municipalities - which bear the responsibility for the stray
animals. Article 2 of Greek law 1197 states:"Whoever kills, harasses, or
ill-treats animals covered by the present legislation, or abandons them, is
punishable by article 8 of the present penal code."
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This leaflet has been prepared by a coalition of animal welfare groups
throughout Greece and supporting foreign organizations. The purpose of the
leaflet is to draw attention to the country's appalling animal welfare
problems and to ask for your help. Tourism is Greece 's number one industry
and the authorities will pay attention to the complaints registered by
foreign visitors, especially now that the country is preparing to host the
next Olympic Games ... to take place in 2004. With your help, the
authorities in Greece can hopefully be persuaded to adopt a humane 'stray
control' policy, by implementing widespread neutering programmes.We ask
that you please write to: the Prime Minister Costas Simitis:
mail@... , the Minister of Agriculture, Mr Georgios Drys:
ax2u082@... and to the Minister of Tourism, Mr Dimitrios
Georgarakis: president@... - urging positive action to resolve Greece's
animal welfare problems.
Also please sign an on-line petition at:
<cid:part6.01060407.08000809@...> Please send this email on
to those who care about the plight of animals anywhere & everywhere ...
Animal suffering knows no boundaries, language or creed, but ... 'all
the darkness in the world can't put out the light of one small candle'
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION VISIT :
LET US STAND TOGETHER UNITED AND HELP THESE ANIMALS!
ADDITIONAL CONTACTS THAT SHOULD BE MADE AWARE OF THE SITUATION
INGREECE. PLEASE WRITE TO THE FOLLOWING:
The International Olympic Committee
Chateau de Vidy
Telephone (00) 4121 621 6111
Fax (00) 4121 621 6216
THE EUROPEAN UNION
EU Direct e-mail: mail@...
EU Environment: envinfo@...
Animal Rescue Association
Forum @ http://www.elvagabundo.org/forum.htm
Asociacion al Rescate de los Animales "el vagabundo" No.14206 -Registro
General de Asociaciones Castilla de la Mancha Toledo