Lydia – as we named her, was found in the outskirts of Athens, Greece by a SCARS volunteer.
Stray means unprotected, vulnerable and alone. Strays here are on death row, living on borrowed time. They are shot, poisoned, ran over and mistreated all the time.
Tradition or animal cruelty? Or both? The donkeys of Santorini are symbolize different thing to different people. For the tourists, they are part of the “live your myth in Greece” experience, for the local muleteers they are a working tool, and for animal lovers they are modern slaves.
This three month old puppy was rescued in Kefalonia, in Greece. One of the most touristic islands of the country, advertised as a paradise I am sure by touristic agencies around the world, for its crystal clear waters and its green mountains and its expensive resorts.
I got a comment in my latest video yesterday saying something like “An island full of strays and you only rescued one???”. I answered abruptly and maybe with a hint of sarcasm, and I was accused of not being caring enough. Sigh…
Santorini is one of the most beautiful islands of Greece – ridiculously expensive and packed with tourists during the summer, the local businesses are trying to make the most of the touristic season.
Greece is a country of 11 million inhabitants, and only one city, Athens, the capital. Thessaloniki, the second biggest “city” is trying its best to resemble A city, but it isn’t really. Athens is home to about 6 million people – more than half of the entire country’s population. Athens is where you find jobs, hospitals, art and facilities, and the rest of the country is where you find nothing really.
School kids have been doing atrocities like these all the time. For some groups of kids on Greece, pet abuse is like a hobby. The parents know about it, the neighbors know about it, and nobody really does anything.
Animals in Greece this week started as a crazy idea, and now I am addicted. With more and more stories piling up every week, the situation is so ridiculous that irony and sarcasm seem the only way to deal with all that.
I came across this yesterday and I just had to share it. Animal abuse cases in Greece are an everyday thing, and today I had to choose among a female stray that was set on fire, a puppy thrown down a 10 meter deep well and a number of stray dogs rescued on the brink of death.