Olympics 2004: give the strays of Greece a sporting chance sign now

We, the undersigned, call upon the Prime Minister of Greece, Mr. Costas SIMITIS; the Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Georgios DRYS and the Minister of Tourism, Mr. Dimitrios GREGORAKIS, to have stray dogs and cats in Athens, and elsewhere in Greece, sterilized, checked, tagged and released instead of homed in shelters or killed, as the country prepares to host the 2004 Olympic Games. We also call upon said Ministers to implement a nation-wide education program focusing on the importance of responsible pet ownership.

In preparation for the 2004 Olympic Games, it is feared that the Greek government is going to deal with the problem of stray animals, especially in and around Athens, by mass poisoning them. Government representatives deny this and profess shock at such a 'rumor'. However, owned and stray animals in Greece are poisoned en masse every year already; it is common practice to throw poison in the quiet of the night and remove the bodies before dawn. Documented witness reports of this practice are abundant and have even been shown on Greek television.

31 Greek animal welfare societies have set up a petition suggesting a full-scale neutering program of all dogs and cats. There is money available for this to be done. But the Greek Minister of Agriculture, among others, is apparently proposing that this money be spent on the setting up of shelters for the strays. We dont support this idea. Who will pay for the running costs? What qualifications will those who run the shelters have? How will their actions be inspected? Who will be the inspectors? What method will be used to put down the animals? And what will happen to the shelters and animals after the Olympics are over?

High-volume killing does not work and never will. Nature does not tolerate a void and will fill it with something else, rats for instance. Additionally, a much larger food territory will be available for the remaining strays, which means larger litters and healthier animals. The stray population will have replaced itself in a couple of years. The only viable, and the cheapest, solution is a full-scale spay and neuter program, combined with education and improved rubbish management.

Please support this campaign by adding your signature to the petition.
Give the strays of Greece a sporting chance to survive the Olympic Games 2004!

Thank you.


For more information, paper version of petition and sample letter go to www.paw-europe.com


If you want to send an e-mail directly to the above ministers:
Prime Minister Costas Simitis: [email protected]
Minister of Agriculture Mr. Georgios Drys: [email protected]
Minister of Tourism Mr. Dimitrios Georgarakis: [email protected]

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