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Greek Animals Laws Get Stronger Bite

By AFP News    April 04, 2011 at 12:01PM / (2) comments

ATHENS - Greece has unveiled new legislation toughening sanctions for animal abuse and formally banning the use of animals in circuses, a junior minister said on Thursday.


The law, which has been publicised for debate until April 15, sets a maximum fine of 30,000 euros ($42,000) and a non-commutable prison sentence for the abuse or brutal treatment of animals.

It also makes the electronic tagging of all pets compulsory.

"The behavior of each society towards animals is a matter of culture," deputy agriculture minister Milena Apostolaki said.

"Each modern state is obliged to provide the necessary legal framework... to ensure an efficient animal policy," she told Flash Radio.

Abuse of stray animals is frequent and often fatal in Greece.

Dogs in particular are poisoned and found hanged or mutilated, particularly in rural areas.

In addition to condemning these incidents, animal groups have lobbied a succession of governments to forbid the operation of circuses in the country.

In 2009, an amateur video that showed a Circo Massimo employee striking and slashing an elephant with a hooked rod before a performance in the northern city of Florina caused a sensation in Greece.

Until a few decades ago, dancing bears were a routine spectacle at Greek country fairs until authorities stamped the practice out.


Image: Klearchos Kapoutsis / via Flickr

Source: AFP

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  • Greek Law
    04/07/2011 08:01am

    I really like the idea of electronic tagging of all pets. This will certainly help to keep a check on the pet sitters and how do people treat their pets. Even though the law is still under discussion, I believe it will be a great thing if it gets approved as it is suggested. It feels great to see the government showing so much concern about this animals.

  • animal tags
    07/27/2011 03:51am

    for around the world and for animal lover or pet travel. must have tags or in other name that well know in MICROCHIP ID
    to protect the one's you're love
    my company supply the Microchip around the world
    and soon we will come to Greek after the law been approved by the government!!