I have decided after much soul searching to write this blog about the real Greece, the Greece hidden behind the pictures of the glossy brochures, and TV commercials.
I will keep it simple and to the point, however I would like to point out that I AM NOT RACIST as I have been accussed of many times, animal abuse has no race.
Animal abuse in Greece is dire beyond your imagination, when I first moved here no-one could have prepared me for what I was about to discover, no-one!!
Greece is corrupt to the core, from the Police to the Government and the church, yes even the Greek Church is corrupt, I will go into this at a later date, for now I will stay with the animals.
For years the compassionate people of Greece have been relentlessly campaigning for the animals, for the Laws to be implemented, for shelters to be built and for HELP!! Unfortunately but not surprisingly these voices have fell on the deaf ears of a Government who was given 14million euro from the EU to build shelters, and basically help the animals. Where has the money gone??? No-one knows!!! We can only guess!!
Vice minister of Agricultre Mr Kiltidis has now been given more money from the EU for the environment, now I have learnt this money is to go to HUNTERS!!! Yes that's right, he is giving it to hunters, why??? Only he knows the reasoning behind this but this issue is not going to go away, people are now taking action not through the Greek Governement but through the EU. (Details of this will be in a later blog).
Now lets discuss what the animals have to endure here in the 'cradle of civilization', well as you can see from the picture above, poisoning is rife, it is everywhere pre and post tourist season. The picture speaks volumes to me, this poor dog is grieving for his lost friend, if only humans had their feelings!!!! Shooting of dogs in the street, beatings of all animals, I have seen and intervened many times usually when a donkey is being beaten, they show no mercy for these poor animals, they are money makers, used to carry silly tourists in the blazing heat. However I have seen first hand how they are really treated and kept, let me tell you it is HELL, PURE HELL!!!!!
Hanging of dogs especially hunting dogs is common, starving dogs, abandoning puppies and kittens either in plastic bags in the garbage or if they feel like it drowning them, yes I have found many, many abandoned kittens and puppies in plastic bags, usually too late!! Children are taught animals are dirty and if you walk around the childs first instinct is to kick an animal.....THE ARGUMENTS I HAVE HAD ARE COUNTLESS I WILL NOT TOLERATE THIS. Children swinging kittens around by their tails, throwing them like they are toys, but what do you expect when their mothers tell them they are 'toys'!!!
People know who abuse animals, there have been numerous incidents where I live of down right torture. A local who had a dog tied up at his 'farm', got loose and killed a chicken, his response.....he tied a stone around the poor dogs neck and threw him in the sea, he was very proud of what he had done!!! Of course no action was taken, this is a tight community and he is friends with the Police (are you getting the picture)? Another incident was another farmer who left his dog to starve to death along with some farm animals, this same person had sex with a donkey one night, it was the talk of the town, the men thought it was great!!!! Again he is 'friends' with the Mayor and Police.....nothing was done!!! Are you begining to understand the corruption which surrounds me and I cannot do a thing about it.....until now maybe. I have made contact with a lawyer who is angry as everyone else about the corruption and animal abuse and so I am hoping I can get somewhere, but don't hold your breath.
The incidents of abuse all over Greece are now out of control, you have only got to look at all the petitions and go on youtube, type in Greek animal abuse and you will find many videos.
I want you to view my photo album, no matter how difficult it may be for you, please look and see what these animals suffer, and watch the video on my page, it speaks volumes.
A society who will not accept these abuses are happening cannot continue to thrive, they will decay and they are......the whole of Greece is decaying, rotting away at the core because the basic human instinct of compassion does not exsist for many people, how can it continue???
There are many other things I wish to add but they will have to wait for another day, all I can say is the great Greek philosophers will be turning in their graves at the Greece of 2008. And to all the animals born into this decayed society God help them.
For now I will finish, but this is to be continued and just for the record so you all know, the Police have all my details here as I am viewed as a 'trouble maker', in other words they don't want the truth to be told.
Thank you dear friends for taking time reading this, it is difficult for me to write but the rest of the story will be told when I feel I can tell it.
Monday November 24, 2008, 12:50 pm
wow powerfull blog Angela.I knew Greece and their apathy to stray animals,but never to this extent.You posted an eye opener,I have never visited Greece,now i never will, but only will visit when i can do something for the animals
I hope Greece and the Government will change their apathy towards stray animals.Neuter and Spay i say
Thanks for your important blog Angela.You're a true warrior and loving woman !!!
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:06 pm
Angela, are you safe? Very much the same type of cruelty exists here in the townships of South Africa, but as it is off the beaten path, the tourists do not see it. Please keep on writing - one can become quite ill when all the anger and heartache remains bottled up - and the more people read this blog, the more bad publicity it means for Greece - we will spread the word. Please take care of yourself, and thank you for your compassion and committment to action.
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:07 pm
Angela you have done well with this blog. You are a true animal defender. You deserve to be listened to by those that can change things. I hope that in the near future your efforts will be worthwhile.
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:14 pm
I heared about the Animal Abuse in Greece before but wasn't aware of the extend this is going to this is barbaric. Thank you Angela for opening my Eyes to this horrific happening.
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:25 pm
Thank you Angela and thank you also for your courage in speaking up for the helpless animals in Greece. Your words come of no surprise to me. I have been hearing about the shocking treatment of animals in Greece for many years. Words cannot express my saddness and anger !!!!
I do agree with Eureka though, please take care. There are many stuborn and arrogant greeks who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out !!
Thank God for you Angela, for all you are doing, Godbless You.
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:33 pm
MANY golden stars sent to you my friend for your animal advocacy....My heart just breaks at this 'horror' and the apathy that exists...Let us know how we are able to help the animals in Greece! God Bless you....
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:36 pm
Thank You Angela!!Be Safe & Stay Srong!Like Claudia wrote You are a True Animal Warrior!! I Really Hope the Goverment of Greece does something Great to Help ^ Protect All the Animals in there Country!! There is No excuse for The Torture of These Animals!! Anywhere!!
Monday November 24, 2008, 1:53 pm
YOU ARE MUCH STRONGER THEN I, FOR I COULD NOT LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT CONDONES THIS. I HOPE JUSTICE COMES FOR THESE ANIMALS. I KNOW THAT ONE DAY IT WILL. IF NOT IN THIS LIFE, THEN IN THE NEXT. I KNOW THE DAY WILL COME FOR JUSTICE, FOR THIS LEGEND IS TOLD."There is an Indian legend which says: "When a
human dies, there is a bridge they must cross to enter
into Heaven. At the head of this bridge awaits every
animal the human encountered during their lifetime...
The animals, based upon what they know of this person,
decide which humans may cross the bridge...and which
are turned away. FOR ALL THESE ANIMALS THAT HAVE BEEN ABUSED, THEY SHALL REMEMBER THOSE WHO ABUSED THEM AND THEY WILL NOT LET THEM CROSS. THESE MURDERERS SHALL BURN, WITH NO MERCY GRANTED UNTO THEM.
Monday November 24, 2008, 2:06 pm
My God. "A society who will not accept these abuses are happening cannot continue to thrive, they will decay and they are......the whole of Greece is decaying, rotting away at the core because the basic human instinct of compassion does not exsist for many people, how can it continue?"--Astute observation. Lack of compassion is a very low level of consciousness and without integrity everything falls apart.
Monday November 24, 2008, 2:07 pm
thanks angel,and yes God help those poor animals and we all knw what the police are like you say anything they dont want you to you bad your trouble etc.wel done my friend and when ya up to it ya get the rest of this story out my friend.for the animals..hugxx
Monday November 24, 2008, 2:27 pm
Thank you for getting this valuable information out. Please keep yourself safe. If you have any ideas of how we can help put international pressure on Greece and other countries who behave in this manner, please let us know.
Monday November 24, 2008, 4:04 pm
OMG It breaks my heart to see that dog hugging and trying to protect and comfort his friend. Poeple are so stinking cruel. Humans who commit cruel acts against animals deserve to be treated the same way. An eye for an eye. It is time for society to face up to thier sins and be made accountable. When these horrors happen it is much other poeples' fault as the person who did the act if no one stops it. Just like buying meat, you may not kill the animal with your own hands but you paid someone to kill it for you. This has got to stop.
Thank you for your courage and spirit to fight this battle in Greece for the animals.
Monday November 24, 2008, 5:10 pm
Angela- I had know idea of the extremety of these horrendous acts. I am proud of you for taking a stand and as a friend I want you be careful. You are an amazing person and the animals are so lucky to have you on their side.
Monday November 24, 2008, 6:11 pm
My God Angela how much do I agree with you!
The situation is similar here, especially in the south of Italy, although they are a bit stricter on the laws. I don't care if they sneer, as long as the laws are applied. The situation in Greece is absolutely terrible. OIPA has had a campaign about the situation for greek animals for a long time, but again it falls on deaf ears. I have been boycotting and giving up any trips to Greece, no matter how much I'd like to. You are doing such a great job for the animals...you truly are an Angel, and you give me so much hope. You know you can count on me for anything anytime. I live quite far, but not too far!
Tuesday November 25, 2008, 5:13 am
You are truely an angel for all you do for these animals. Thank You for telling us more on this horrific cruelty. My heart breaks for these helpless animals. I will continue to help you fight for them. Please let me know if I can do more. Bless You Angela.
Tuesday November 25, 2008, 6:55 am
Thank you Angela! I posted link to yhis to a selebrity greek here in sweden Alexandra Pascalidou asking her to react she has a lot of exposure in media here and in greece...I visited greece in the seventees and never again the animalabuse and neglect was
so obvious and I hear that nothing has changed since, what a shame!!
Friday November 28, 2008, 12:40 pm
Very informing blog Angela. You are an angel to these animals and they are lucky to have you looking out for them, f*** the authorities who don't give a damn! Please stay safe yourself because these monsters are capable of anything! Hugs. x
Sunday November 30, 2008, 10:51 am
You know all those unconscious human beings who injure, torture, kill or
otherwise make miserable the existence of other living beings that they share
this planet with? You know, the ones that mindlessly and heartlessly torture and
slaughter animals and even members of their own species and race? If they
suddenly by some miracle became conscious and realized that every act of
cruelty, each act of wanton pain and misery that they inflict on other living
beings, brings them a step closer to experiencing that same hell, at some time
and at some point in their lives.
I wonder what they would do?
How do you think they would act then?
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