Στο χωριό Καλάνδρα στη Χαλκιδική παραμονή Πρωτοχρονιάς έριξαν φόλα σε σκυλί έξω από το σχολείο της περιοχής! Μάλιστα το ζώο δεν ήταν αδέσποτο...
Για ακόμη μια φορά οι Έλληνες γίνονται ρεζίλι μια και είναι τόσο μα τόσο "φιλόζωοι"! Η βιομηχανία της ψωροκώσταινας είναι ο τουρισμός, αν οι ξένοι την μποϊκοτάρουν εξαιτίας όλων αυτών να δούμε τι θα γίνει! Μόνο αν χάσουν χρήματα θα βάλουν μυαλό οι αληταράδες!

Ελπίζω να ξέρετε Αγγλικά...

Dear Mr Kanelis
As you will have heard by now, a dog was poisoned in the small village of Kalandra on New Year's eve, just outside the local school, while children were singing Christmas carols outside people's houses. The dog in question was Agapi, a much loved pet of Julie Tsiakmakis and her family, who are devastated by her death. Having met the beautiful dog myself while visiting the family last summer, I was very upset to hear the tragic news. Why would anybody want to poison any animal is beyond my comprehension, but I also wonder how can it be possible for just any person to get hold of poisonous substances so easily in Greece!!

Sadly poisoning of stray (and owned!) animals is widespread throughout Greece and the poisons used are very often farm pesticides like Lannate, which cause agonising death. I think it's high time for the Greek authorities all over Greece to take responsible action and inspect on a regular basis farm supply stores, garden centres and similar businesses to check that they are not breaking the laws relating to the sale of dangerous and/or banned chemicals. I have seen rat poison and toxic chemicals on sale in a pet shop near Athens and I could have purchased any amount, no questions asked. It is truly a miracle that there have not (yet!) been any cases of young children being 'accidentally' poisoned .... is that what it would take to make people aware of how lethal these chemicals are?

Mr Kanelis, as you are aware, thanks to Julie's efforts (getting dogs and cats sterilised and rehoming as many as possible), there are no strays in Kalandra and many fewer in other areas of Kassandria than there used to be in the past. This is good news both for the Greek residents (including their Mayors!) and the visiting tourists, many of whom get upset by the sights of hungry and sick strays, a common sight in most Greek cities, villages and holiday resorts. The work of animal welfare volunteers like Julie should be commended and supported. I hope that you will publicly condemn the callousness of the person responsible for Agapi's death and do your utmost to identify and prosecute them for the vile crime they had committed. That person brought shame on the village and all its inhabitants.

Yours respectfully,
Vesna Jones (Founder and President of GAR -greekanimalrescue)