A Viva! Special Appeal
Anneka Svenska is one of Viva!'s hardest working celebrities, and a
tireless campaigner for animals everywhere. She has recently returned
from Greece, supporting the charity Greek Animal Rescue. She was so
horrified by the poisoning of stray dogs in the immediate run up to the
Olympics that she has decided to take matters into her own hands and use
her celebrity status to try and bring an end to this hidden barbarity -
but to do this she needs as many signatures on her on-line petition as
We were so moved by Anneka's campaign and so impressed by her
determination to get something done that we agreed to publicise this one
off appeal via our email list.
Please make a difference and sign the petition below.
Thank you for your support.
[Note: there are images below which some people may find distressing]
Please go to this link to sign my petition opposed to the cruel and
barbaric dog poisoning happening in the run up to the Olympics in
Greece. I promise that I will take this petition to the Greek Embassy,
Holland Park, London in the month of August 2004 and present it to the
Greek Government representatives. I feel extremely passionate about this
cause and hope that everyone will feel the same after reading
information around the subject in the following email
SIGN PETITION HERE: http://www.petitiononline.com/Poison/petition.html
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN, AS THEY WILL IN
TURN DO THE SAME - I NEED ABSOLOUTLY THOUSANDS OF SIGNATURE WITHIN THE
NEXT 2 WEEKS AND AM HOPING THAT THE WORLD WILL SUPPORT ME IN THIS CAUSE.
THIS IS A NEW AND DIFFERENT PETITION TO THE ONES THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN
CIRCULATING - ALL ARE WORTHY AND WONDERFUL, BUT PLEASE 'YOU MUST SIGN
ALL OF THEM' - THE MORE SUPPORT THE DOGS GET THE BETTER THEIR CHANCE OF
ANNEKA SVENSKA - UK ANIMAL PRESENTER http://www.annekasvenska.com
THE GREEK BARBARIC DOG POISONING?
DO YOU KNOW THE FACTS?
Poisoning of stray - and owned - dogs and cats is widespread throughout
Greece and it occurs on a daily basis. Those responsible for spreading
around poisoned bait are rarely caught in the act and usually the bodies
of their victims are picked up by garbage collectors in the early hours
of the morning. The poisoning is often excused as a necessary and cheap
cleaning up operation of the large numbers of stray dogs and cats which
are seen as a problem. Some people fear the strays would 'spread
disease'; others consider them a nuisance, especially when their numbers
Sterilisation is not common for household companion animals, because it
is regarded as a negative intervention in the animals' nature, but their
owners refuse to take responsibility for the unwanted litters of puppies
and kittens, which are usually abandoned. In short, many people seem to
view poisoning as a 'fact of life'. The poison used can be anything from
strychnine and rat poison to farm pesticides and herbicides; even
WHEN THE TOURISTS LEAVE ...
The average life-span of a stray dog in Greece is less than two years,
as most of them perish during the winter months, if not shortly after
the holiday season comes to an end. The last charter flights depart from
the islands at the end of October, by which time most of the hotels and
tavernas have closed down for the winter.
The strays, so dependent on the tourists for food during the summer, are
left to fend for themselves, not knowing where their next meal would be
coming from ... poisoned bait may be their last morsel, if they are not
shot, or hit by a car, or hanged first ...
Millions of tourists from all over the world visit Greece every year and
many are shocked by the sights of animals in distress. They often
befriend and feed the strays, who are generally very friendly and loving
... they just want to 'belong' and they try very hard to find somebody
to adopt them ... the lucky few succeed.
YOU TOO COULD ADOPT
A GREEK STRAY
... and give him/her a chance of a happy and secure future
AND EMAIL THE CHARITY - THEY WILL INFORM YOU OF HOW YOU CAN DO THIS AT
THE KILLING MUST STOP!
Even rampant poisoning is not recognized as an official problem! There
are hardly any reports made to the police. And despite their anger and
sorrow, the somewhat cynical and lax response from the owners of animals
poisoned to death shows that they do not trust the judicial system; some
even fear it. So it appears that poisoning will long remain acceptable
within the Greek culture, as long as the authorities themselves show
total indifference to the problem.
ANIMAL PROTECTION LAWS
Greece has adequate animal protection laws, but in general, they are not
enforced! We can all try to ensure that they are enforced whenever
possible. If you happen to witness a cruelty case, please report it to
the police and the municipalities - which bear the responsibility for
the stray animals. Article 2 of Greek law 1197 states:"Whoever kills,
harasses, or ill-treats animals covered by the present legislation, or
abandons them, is punishable by article 8 of the present penal code."
HOW YOU CAN HELP
This email has been prepared by Anneka Svenska in conjunction with
various other animal charities. The purpose of this email is to draw
attention to the country's appalling animal welfare problems and to ask
for your help. Tourism is Greece's number one industry and the
authorities will pay attention to the complaints registered by foreign
visitors, especially now that the country is preparing to host the next
Olympic Games ... to take place in 2004. With your help, the authorities
in Greece can hopefully be persuaded to adopt a humane 'stray control'
policy, by implementing widespread neutering programmes. We ask that you
please write to:
The Prime Minister Costas Simitis: <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com
The Minister of Agriculture, Mr Georgios Drys:
The Minister of Tourism, Mr Dimitrios Georgarakis:
- You need to:
Urge positive action to resolve Greece's animal welfare problems.
Also please sign Anneka's on-line petition:
Please send this email on to those who care about the plight of animals
anywhere & everywhere ...
Animal suffering knows no boundaries, language or creed, but ...'all the
darkness in the world can't put out the light of one small candle'
THANK YOU FOR CARING!!!!!!!!!!!
Anneka Svenska (UK animal presenter)