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They approve up to 10 years in prison in Greece for animal abuse

The Greek authorities approved a reform to the laws to change the sanctions for animal abuse


The Greek parliament approved this Thursday by unanimous transformation of the animal abuse of simple crime in crime “Punished with a penalty of up to 10 years in prison”, according to the text of the law.

The people that they mistreat animals they must also pay a “fine of between 5,000 and 15,000 euros (5,900 to 17,800 dollars).” The minimum prison sentence it will now be one year, according to the approved law.

For abuse, the law understands “the poisonings, hanging, burning and mutilating animals “.

The Greek Minister of Agriculture, Makis Voridis, who presented the text of the law, celebrated from the Assembly platform what he considered “a strong message sent by Parliament to society.”

Society can no longer admit such acts, “he insisted, citing recent cases that shocked Greece.

In early October, in Heraklion, Crete, a 55-year-old man hanged and neutered a dog. Greek social networks and media spread photos. The man was sentenced to pay a fine of 30,000 euros ($ 35,500)

A few days later, in a suburb of Piraeus, great port close to Athens, a 54-year-old teacher stabbed and hit a dog with an iron bar. The scene was filmed by a passerby. The teacher’s trial will begin on Friday.

According to the Greek police, between January and June 2020, 2,644 reports of abuse and 778 formal complaints were registered.

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