Greek corruption, ridiculousness and stupidity, all in one decision (like a 2 in 1 shampoo – why bother when you can make things NOT happen simply by saying no).
Let’s start from the beginning:
Fact no 1:
The stray population in Greece has been getting out of control. This is country of only 11 million people, and of (nobody knows really) 1 million (?), 2 (?) stray dogs. I mean, there were about 20 stray dogs in the village where I spent my summer vacation in, just one village. Mentioning the cats will make the numbers rise sky high (there are about 30 in my street alone – that’s just one street of one neighborhood of one city).
Fact no 2:
Nobody gives a damn about animal welfare here – nobody official I mean. Charities are based on volunteer work and donations, and when you, as a civilian, find a stray/abused/hurt dog, you basically put the animal in your car, take it to the vet, pay the bill and figure out what to do with it after it recovers. It’s as simply and as unorganized as that.
Fact no 3:
There are hundreds of thousands of stray dogs popping up every single day. They come from the uncontrollable births all around the country. Someone’s guard/hunting/back yard/who cares bitch gives birth, and the puppies are disposed off (in the garbage, in boxes outside schools, shops etc, on the mountain, on the street, everywhere). The ones that survive hunger/poison/cars/diseases make the new strays of the season, with a lifespan of six months to 2 years (depending on the area).
Fact no 4:
The Greek vets. Well there are some good people out there. From time to time, there are groups of Greek vets spaying for free, there are vets that charge half the price for a stray sterilization, and then there’s the vast majority that simply doesn’t care I guess. No problem with that, they are professionals, not missionaries.
Now the story:
- A group of European vets tries to organize sterilization programs throughout the country FOR FREE. All they need is the collaboration of a local charity and an approval from the municipality.
- In Chania, Crete (don’t let me start on the stray problem in Crete and the level of animal abuse there) the approval is granted unanimously by the municipal council. The sterilization program is about to begin when…
- Oops! Wait a minute! If everything is done pro bono, who will profit from it? There is no money involved! No money? No honey. To be exact, no money/honey for the local Greek vets, who didn’t give a damn about any sterilizations before (strays, who cares), but they suddenly realize that they will not be making any profit from…something they wouldn’t be making profit anyway.
- The sterilization program is suddenly impeded (blame a small group of local vets, the Μunicipal vet, certain Μunicipal authorities and the State Veterinary Service of Chania).
This is not a joke; nothing about Greece is a joke anymore. Frankly, I am sick and tired of living in a country where the state and most authorities act as they are the Godfather of a mafia group where the rules are constantly reinvented. Are you looking for a reason why we almost carried the rest of the EU down the drain with us? This is it.
The Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environmental Federation has put together a petition, asking the mayor of Chania to simply stop being ridiculous and let the sterilizations program run. And this is not just about Chania, it’s about the entire country because if it happened there, it will keep happening in every miserable city/town/village.
Follow the steps below and click HERE to sign.