Burnt, poisoned, tortured, decimated… Can you really grasp the meaning of those words? Language is an amazing thing, able to capture meanings, feelings and events too complicated, and yet, the actual “essence” of some events seems to be bubbling over the word itself.
A couple of syllables spoken or written down just don’t do justice to what they represent sometimes. How can “burnt alive” do justice to the feeling of being tied up and set on fire? How can “tortured” do justice to the agony and the pain of an animal who suffers for a reason it will never comprehend, in the hands of a human – the only species it sees as one of its own.
Two days ago, on June 3 2017, in one of Greece’s most touristic and beautiful islands, a number of stray dogs were tortured, poisoned and some even burnt alive. The photos are so horrific that the island’s charity hesitated to post most of them.
Happy strays, living in the bus station outside Zante town suffered, simply because someone was capable of doing it. I keep posting about similar stories, and people wonder why are there so many sick people living in Greece, but the truth is that the number of sick and evil people living here is not bigger than anywhere else in the world.
One of the problems is that the strays are too many here, so sick people have easy access to them. And the main problem is actually the impunity of those acts. The Greek system is so corrupt, so ill-organized and so poor, that even the ones in charge don’t even know what to do in similar cases. They don’t know if they are supposed to investigate, they don’t know how to investigate and they do not realize what these incidents mean for the general image they try to project about their “hospitable” hometowns.
7 dogs were brutally killed in the island of Zante. Some were poisoned, some were burnt alive and others were tortured to death. The police were called – but you know what this really means: nothing. I am not sure what is the best way to pressure Greece to take action, but if you want to demand justice for the 7 dogs of Zante, you can sign the petition, and ask that the mayor investigates the murders.
Maybe if the request comes from foreigners, it will be a bit more respected. Maybe if it comes from potential tourists appalled by the atrocities committed in the “beautiful” island they intend visiting, it will be heard. Or maybe there is no hope, but at least we need to keep trying.
You can donate to the local charity here.