Greece’s Minister of Development and Industry recently made alarming statements endorsing fur production and incorrectly characterizing fur as more environmentally friendly than alternatives. Greek activists are speaking out in response.
Author Arietta Marinitsi, Panhellic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation
Over 30 animals of various species were rescued from cruel conditions in Crete, and the man responsible was arrested. This type of large-scale rescue followed by legal action is very rare in Greece.
Greek animal protection PFPO reports back from their time at the event, where they were able to exchange views with other attendees and spread the word about animal issues in Greece.
Hobbling is the practice by which an animal, normally an equine, has their limbs tied together to restrict their movement. Two veterinary professors give their input on how this practice impacts animals and whether it should be banned.
Greece’s Parliament has rejected a proposal to add protection for animal rights to the Greek Constitution, leaving animals unprotected, bringing great disappointment to the advocates who fought for the amendment, and revealing the heavy influence of moneyed interests in making this decision.
Somehow, even with widespread concern, multiple decisions by Greek authorities demanding the closure of the facilities, and several protests and letter-writing campaigns, Attica Zoological Park continues to operate its illicit dolphinarium, and the dolphins kept there continue to be forced to perform in shows.
On December 6th, a federation of Greek animal welfare organizations sent a letter to the Chairperson of the Greek Parliamentary Committee, calling for an amendment to the Greek Constitution that enshrines animal protection as a responsibility of the state.
On October 6th, passionate animal advocates in Athens took to the streets for their Official Animal Rights March. This was just one of many global instances of this event, and the first of its kind in Greece.
PFPO reports on an important meeting with the Hellenic Police, where speakers emphasized the importance of law enforcement in bringing an end to animal cruelty in Greece.