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Greece has adopted legislation on the protection and welfare of animals. These include:

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Law 998/2003

Law 2017/1992

Law 1197/1981

Law 3170/2003

Law 4039/2012

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This is the new law relating to strays and pets!

The new law "for pets and stray companion animals and the preperation for labor or use for profit" was voted and is the one that will apply to our country from now on...

The changes that matter most and finally got applied are:

the keeping of the microchip datatabase passes to the Ministry of Agriculture (up until now it was in the hands of the Panhellenic Vet Organization)
A web database for the microchips will be created so that the vets will be able to instantly upload or find an animal's data.
Every municipality is encouraged, but not obligated, to put a tax of ownership up to 3 euros, on a goal to use the funds for a program/shelter for stray animals.
Every animal owner is obligated to report it's loss within 5 days from the incident, using the microchip number (so that it will not be considered an abandonment but also as a way for the pet to be located).
DISPLAY OF AN AMPUTATED ANIMAL IS FORBIDDEN (as a means for stopping the amputation of ears and tails of animals).
2 pets per appartment are allowed and condominium regulations cannot forbid pets anymore. - No pet number limitation rule applies to detached houses.
Responsibility for stray animals does not belong only to municipalities, which are obligated to have shelters, but to all animal welfares that cooperate with the municipalities. - Free sterilization of strays from foreign vets is allowed, according to European law.
Animal transport is allowed to all means of transprortation (including cabs) and ships, that are also obligated to have clean cages.
Circuses and other attractions that use animals for entertainment are forbidden, even presentation/keeping at funfares/concerts etc.

UNFORTUNATELLY no change is seen on zoos, pet shops and prey breeders, that along with the wild animal shelters are excluded

Moreover:

"Delivery" of a pet to a municipality is allowed, if the owner does not wish to keep it, so that he won't abandon it. It is still unknown what will happen with the municipalities that do not have shelters! -Adds for adoption or sale to newspapers/posters/web is forbidden if the microchip number is not given.
Dog breeding and training license is mandatory
Purchase registry of an animal from a new owner when an animal is sold is mandatory (so that illegal sales that end up to abandonment are stopped)

A D.A can issue an animal confiscation order and also forbid any future animal purchase 

to people that abuse animals and check on denunciations against dog shelters or breeding 
grounds.

PENALTIES: 

Illegal animal selling: at least 1 year imprisonment and 5,000 - 15,000 euros
Animal abuse: at least 1 year imprisonment and 5,000 - 15,000 euros 
Animal theft: 6 months imprisonment and 3,000 euros

Law 998/2003

Requirements for pet movement from EU Member States and approved/listed non-EU countries (Part C of Annex II to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003):

Entry into all Member States (also certain non EU countries: Andorra; Iceland; Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, The Vatican)

IDENTIFICATION

The animal shall be identified by an electronic identification system (transponder) or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011, of which the alpha-numéric code corresponds to the one documented in the passport (a transponder is required for movements to the UK, Malta and Ireland) (Annex 1a to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003).

DOCUMENTATION

For all movements, whatever the Member State of destination, the animal needs to be accompanied by aPassport complying with the model in the annex of Commission Decision 2003/803/EC.

VACCINATION

Valid rabies vaccination (Annex 1b to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003)

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

for Finland, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom:

Dogs must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011, as follows:

the treatment shall be administered by a veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry; the treatment shall be certified by the administering veterinarian in the relevant section of the passport.

 

Member States may allow entry of young animals under 3 months old under certain conditions (to be defined by the competent national authorities)

Requirements for pet movement from non-listed third countries:

Entry into all Member States:

IDENTIFICATION

The animal shall be identified by an electronic identification system (transponder) or by a clearly readable tattoo applied before 3 July 2011, of which the alpha-numeric code corresponds to the one documented in the passport (a transponder is required for movements to the UK, Malta and Ireland) (Annex 1a to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003).

DOCUMENTATION

For all movements, whatever the Member State of destination, the animal needs to be accompanied by aPassport complying with the model in the annex of Commission Decision 2003/803/EC.

VACCINATION

Valid rabies vaccination (Annex 1b to Regulation (EC) No 998/2003)

SEROLOGICAL TEST (BLOOD TEST)

A blood sample taken at least 30 days after it was vaccinated and three months before movement need apositive result (titre >0.5 IU/ml) by an approved lab.

The test needs not to be renewed on a pet animal which has been revaccinated at regular intervals prescribed by the vaccine producing laboratory.

The three-month period shall not apply to the re-entry of a pet animal whose passport certifies that the test was carried out, with a positive result, before the animal left the territory of the Union.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

for Finland, Ireland, Malta and the United Kingdom:

Dogs must be treated against the tapeworm Echinococcus in accordance with Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1152/2011, as follows:

the treatment shall be administered by a veterinarian within a period of not more than 120 hours and not less than 24 hours before the time of scheduled entry; the treatment shall be certified by the administering veterinarian in the relevant section of the passport.

 

Law 2017/1992

 

Greek Law # 2017 (1992) states “no-one should subject an animal to pointless pain, suffering or distress. No-one should abandon a pet.

 

 

 

Law 1197/1981

 

 

Greek Law # 1197 (1981) states “ whoever kills, harasses or ill-treats animals covered by the present legislation, or abandons them, is punishable by article 8 of the penal code.

 

 

 

Law 3170/2003

 

 

Law 4039/2012

 

According to the Law 4039/2012 the following actions are offences.

 

We are listing these actions as a WELFARE PROTOCOL, whichconsistsofalltheruleshumanshaveto follow regarding the treatment and protection of animals, so that animals do not suffer and feel pain. In general, the protocol is about respecting the existence of animals.

 

a) To provide animals with appropriate food and water, depending on the kind of the animal.

 

Noanimalsshouldbestarvinganddehydrated.

 

It is absolutely inappropriate to feed animals with carcasses.

The water animals drink must be clean (not mouldy and green).

 

In the summer it is prohibited to leave animals unwatered for days in general.

 

The food and water bowls have to be clean.

 

 

b) Animals should live inadry, cleanplace, whichisprotectedfromweatherconditions. Theyshouldnotbepermanentlytiedandshouldnotliveinimproper homes (metal constructions -reservoirs-barrels).

 

It is prohibited to keep animals in barrels, reservoirs or other makeshift and inappropriate constructions that do not offer protection from weather conditions to all kinds of animals.

 

Itisprohibitedto leave animals with no home at all and expose them to the weather conditions.

It is prohibited to mercilessly leave animals in the snow, in the rain and the storms, or in the heat.

Thehomeoftheanimalmustbeprotectedfromheat, cold, rainand the frost.

 

The home must be comfortable, healthy, adapted to the natural way of life of the animal.

 

Thehomemustallowtheanimaltobeinanaturalstanding position, without preventing it from moving, running and exercising.

 

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It is prohibited to tie animals permanently.

 

It is prohibited to keep animals permanently in cages.

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Itisnecessarythattheanimalexercises (walk), as this is very important for the health and welfare of the animal.

 

Breaking these rules can be equal totorture, abuse, and eventually intentional killing.

 

Iftheanimalisremovedfromtheplaceitwaswhenthecomplaintwasfiled, theownerisobligedtoshowthepolicementhenewplace where it stays, in order to control its new living conditions, otherwise the owner will be prosecuted for abandonment (administrative and criminalprosecution).

 

c) Care and medical care.

 

Vaccinationisobligatoryandtheownershouldhaveahealthbookletoftheanimal, where the last vaccinations and disinfections are mentioned recorded, with reference to the special code of electronic marking (microchip) duly signed by the veterinarian.

 

Animals should be free of skin diseases (mange, wounds, inflammationsetc) andexternal parasites (ticks, fleas)

 

d) It is prohibited to abandon and animal.

 

e) It is prohibited to torture, abuse and cruelly treat ANY kind of animal. Any violent action against animals is prohibited, ESPECIALLYpoisoning, hanging,drowning, burning, compressing and mutilation.

 

Cutting off the ears and the tail is regarded as mutilation.

 

Shows with animals in circuses or theatres are prohibited.

 

ItisprohibitedtokeepanduseANYKINDofanimalinbusinesseslikegames, speed-ways, musicalconcerts, fairs, displays, or other artistic or entertainment events.

 

The participation of animals in any kind of fight is prohibited. It is also prohibited to breedandtrainanimalsfor this purpose.

 

It is prohibited to consume meat of dogs and cats.

 

It is prohibited to produce fur, leather and medicines or other substances from dogs and cats.

 

f) It is prohibited to permanently keep companion animals in balconies, terraces, open areas of flats and areas of common use in blocks of flats.By exemption, it is allowed to keep animals on the roof, in the garage or in the garden of the block of flats, provided there is a unanimous decision of the owners of the flats (decision of the General Meeting).

 

 

g) It is prohibited to kill mammals in slaughterhouses, private or municipal ones, without instant anesthetisation prior to the blood-drainage (Law 1197/81).

 

η) Law 2017/92 abouttheratification of the European Treaty for companion animals :

 

Article 3, paragraph 1 “No one should make a companion animal suffer, be in pain or in anxiety unnecessarily.

 

Article 4, paragraph 2, bAny person owning a companion animal must provide it with the appropriate training opportunities

 

 

 

(Translated by: Eleftheria Milaki, certified translator – Heraklion/Crete)

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