Greece began making a move against animal cruelty, and those who will not abide by it will pay the price. Recently, the Greek parliament passed a law that will punish animal abusers and lead up to ten years of imprisonment.
The parliament unanimously voted to require a minimum of one year and fines between 5,000 to 15,000 euros. However, the worst violators of this law will be imprisoned for ten years.
But people have many definitions and criteria for animal abuse. So what exactly are the abuses covered in this law? The Greece parliament considers poisoning, burning, mutilation, and hanging as “serious animal abuses.”
The Greece agriculture minister, Makis Voridis, told local news sources that the law sends a strong message against all animal abusers. There are incidents of animal abuse in the country just recently, which made the law necessary.
Early in October in Crete, tourists saw a dog hanging on a tree. The poor dog was castrated by its owner using pliers. Thankfully, the tourists who saw the abused animal rescued him and took him to a local animal charity.
The vet miraculously rehabilitated the dog. The vet said that he had never seen any animal survive such cruel treatment.
Meanwhile, in the same month near Athens, a school teacher was arrested for stabbing a dog in the chest and stomach multiple times. The dog was pierced in the lungs. The teacher’s neighbor also took part in the attack by beating the dog with a metal rod.
The whole incident was caught on camera. Word came out of what happened, and people gathered outside of the teacher’s house, demanding justice for the dog.
The dog in this incident also survived the attack and had surgeries after that. Both dogs in the incidents are now recovering.
These incidents are reasons why laws like this are essential, not only in Greece but also worldwide.