The bill for pets was presented by the Deputy Minister of Interior, Stelios Petsas, in the context of the government’s pre-election commitment “No stray animals. No abused animals. ” The aim is to create an institutional framework for pets and stray animals , harmonized with modern conditions and capabilities. The framework introduced aims at improving the living conditions of pets and the protection of strays, through the cooperation of the State, Local Government, scientists and animal welfare organizations.
With the bill, dominant and homeless, animals for adoption, animal welfare associations and organizations, veterinarians, breeders, shelters and the Public Administration, for the first time, are part of a single official cooperation platform. In addition, an integrated stray management program is established at the level of Municipalities, as well as a coherent and representative supervisory framework, so that the implementation of the new law on the protection of pets is not left blank. At the same time, the list of acts explicitly included in the animal abuse provision is being expanded, fines for new infringements are being introduced, and existing fines for significant infringements are being tightened .
Finally, educational programs and information activities are provided to improve the education and information of those involved in the effort to protect pets.
The 10 axes of the pet bill
- The “Five Animal Freedoms” : The 5 internationally recognized animal freedoms are now explicitly included in the law (Freedom from hunger and thirst. Freedom from unnecessary suffering and strain. Freedom from pain, injury and illness. Freedom from fear and anxiety. Freedom of expression of a normal behavior, with appropriate living and socializing conditions).
- Greece acquires a National Register of Pet Animals : Dominant and stray animals, animals for adoption, animal welfare associations and organizations, veterinarians, breeders, shelters and the Public Administration, for the first time, are part of a single official cooperation platform.
- Electronic booklet & digital medical history of the animal : Pets obtain a digital health record through the National Register of Pet Animals.
- Reproduction by rules : Issues related to the maximum number of calves per animal, the license for reproduction, etc. are regulated.
- The list of acts explicitly included in the abuse order is expanded , fines for new infringements are introduced and existing fines for significant infringements are tightened .
- Program – resources and obligations of Municipalities : Integrated stray management program by each Municipality. At the same time, the necessary resources and procedures are secured for the successful implementation of the program.
- Support and incentives for citizens-owners of pets : Introduction of incentives by the Municipalities, so that citizens-owners of animals can take better care of their pets, such as reducing municipal fees up to 10% for diligent owners.
- Supervision Framework : A coherent and representative supervision framework is established, with the participation of representatives of KEDE, the Ombudsman and the Animal Welfare Organizations.
- Improving education and information for the protection of pets : Educational programs and information activities in local and educational communities.
- National Complaints Line : Development of a digital application and a 5-digit number of complaints about animal abuse incidents and any violation of the legal framework for the protection of pets.
Source – iefimerida.gr