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I lived in Greece for 14 years and made 4 trips there this
year...the animals are living in hell and are suffering terribly.
Please just copy and paste the letter below and send. It
will take you exactly 1 minute. Tourism is down 37% and we need to scare
the Bikini bottoms off the Greek Government. Tourism is WAG's bargaining
Please! Need I beg? I will.
Marijo Anne Gillis - Founder
Welfare for Animals in Greece
Welfare for Animals Global, Inc.
(WAG NY-a non-profit, international advocacy & political lobby force --
reaching the world)
Tel. (212) 427-0587 Fax (212) 427-6381
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Honorable Officials of Greece:
I remain committed to a tourism boycott of Greece. I am
shocked the Ministry of Tourism has lavished $100 million on the "Live
Your Myth In Greece" campaign when the ultimate myth endures: It's a fable
about officials who work to end the abuse of homeless animals in Greece.
It is a fiction-based story, built upon words without
During the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the world learned
an estimated 80% of Athens' strays had vanished as authorities swept the
streets for a sleek world reception. Images of emaciated animals,
hangings, shootings and poisonings emerged in The BBC, Greek TV News, New
York Post, Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets.
We saw cannibalized puppies and carcasses lining gutters.
We heard about [bait] laced with herbicides, pesticides and ground glass.
We saw ravenous strays foam at the mouth, convulse and die. We read about
a live dog crushed with the garbage and a burned kitten pulled from the
The outcry from the global animal welfare community led to
minor modifications. Two showcase shelters were unveiled to greet
international press, even as animals continued to rot alive in makeshift
pounds throughout Greece.
And where are the survivors--the street dogs supposedly
rescued by the municipal government in a zero-hour effort to appear
humane? Greek sources report these dogs have disappeared.
In fact, little has changed. Eyewitness accounts and
photographic evidence attest to ongoing cruelty. At municipal animal
shelters, animals still languish in their own waste. Food is scarce and
water bowls are infested with dead insects and muck. Males and females are
permitted to breed unrestrained and starving dogs feed on newborn puppies.
Once again, I implore the Greek government to enforce
animal welfare legislation. Certainly some of the millions spent on
tourism ads could be directed toward humane reform. If Greece hopes to
market itself as a sophisticated travel destination, it must align itself
with European law designed to protect companion, farmed, and captive
Specifically, I call upon the Greek government to:
--Repeal Animal Welfare Law #3170 and uphold European
Union Law, which Greece ratified in 1992. Officials have consistently
ignored or misconstrued the vague language in Law #3170. Animal abusers
are neither prosecuted nor penalized for their crimes.
--Issue a declaration from the Office of the Prime
Minister denouncing animal abuse and neglect.
--Enact a Ministerial Decree that authorizes
non-government animal protection societies and individuals to legally
transport abandoned animals to loving homes in Europe and America. Please
lift the Ministry of Agriculture's current embargo on the free passage of
Greek strays to permanent homes abroad.
--Thoroughly investigate and terminate, if necessary,
veterinarians within the Ministry of Agriculture who obstruct the rehoming
of animals abroad. In addition, I urge the Greek government to monitor and
penalize, when appropriate, state veterinarians on the Greek mainland and
islands who undermine humane reform or violate anti-cruelty law.
--Subsidize and institute nationwide low-cost spay/neuter,
vaccination/treatment, microchip identification, adoption/rehoming, and
humane education within the school system.
The Hellenic Veterinary Association rejects spay/neuter
aid from veterinarians in other countries. This is unacceptable. Greece
has demonstrated its inability to manage the animal overpopulation crisis.
I ask the Greek government to facilitate licensing for foreign
veterinarians who have volunteered to assist in sterilization, vaccination
and treatment for animals in Greece.
I will continue to encourage family, friends and
colleagues to boycott Greece as a vacation spot until visible strides are
made to enforce animal welfare law and institute humane reform.
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