Killing and torturing an animal is a felony

Killing and torturing an animal is a felony
Killing and torturing an animal is a felony

Killing and torturing an animal became a felony in November 2020, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

Thus the poisoning of an animal from a nest is treated by law as one of the violent behaviors prosecuted as felonies. Despite this, the perpetrators remain… invisible and unpunished, while only in the last two days the Kalamata Animal Welfare Club has disclosed on social networks multiple incidents of mass poisoning of companion animals from dens in Karpofora, Antikalamos and Marina Kalamata. Of course, complaints about gangs are made at the police stations, but the police do not manage to use evidence that leads to the perpetrator because no one testifies to them.


Complaints of killing and torturing animals, as well as foal poisoning, mostly concern dogs and less cats or equines. By law, in addition to prison sentences, administrative fines are also imposed for these acts, as well as for the acts of strangulation, drowning and… hanging an animal. Fines start from 30,000 and reach up to 50,000 euros for each animal and each incident. For the misdemeanor case of the offense which concerns, among other things, the ill and cruel treatment of animals and their abandonment on the street or their neglect, a prison sentence of up to 5 years and an administrative fine of 5,000 to 15,000 euros for each animal is provided for, depending on the seriousness of the offence. But in practice, without an animal being chipped to identify its last owner, the owner who abandoned it cannot be found and face criminal penalties.


Non-compliance with welfare rules by animal owners is legally considered passive abuse, as the owner of an animal must take care of its protection and good treatment. That is, to live in a clean, healthy, comfortable and weather-protected environment, but also in suitable spaces adapted to his natural way of life. As well as having food and water, exercising and of course having veterinary care and a booklet.


The article is in Greek

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