In Greece, a new law passed unanimously takes animal welfare into account. Those accused of mistreating their animals now face up to 10 years in prison and a hefty fine.
Animal abuse is now a crime in Greece
On Thursday, the Greek parliament unanimously passed a law that turns animal abuse from a simple misdemeanor to a felony. The law considers “Abuse poisonings, hanging, burning, mutilating animals”. From now on, those implicated will be charged with a crime “Punishable by up to ten years in prison”. In addition, they will have to pay a “Fine ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 €”.
The minimum sentence is set at one year, which fully satisfies the Greek Minister of Agriculture, Makis Voridis, who originated the text. Following the two horrific cases which panicked the country in barely a month, he announced that this law is a “Strong message”.
Animals far from safe
In early October, a 55-year-old man hanged and emasculated a dog. Photos have even circulated on social networks and Greek media. His cruel act was punished by a fine of € 30,000 “only”. Worse, a few days later, a similar act took place in the suburbs of Piraeus near Athens. A 54-year-old teacher hit a dog with an iron bar before stabbing it multiple times. His trial opens Friday, November 13.
Greek police reveal that between January and June 2020, nearly 2,644 reports of animal abuse and 778 complaints were registered, reveals The union. “Our society no longer tolerates the odious behavior observed in recent times and demands fair punishment for torturing animals. This is an appropriate and fair punishment ”, indicated the minister. A law more than necessary therefore.
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