Tuesday Jul 29, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
31o C
24o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Greece rapped over its zoos

A bear crouches against a wall in its enclosure at Thessaloniki Zoo.

Of the 14 zoos currently in operation in Greece, just one -- the Attica Zoological Park in Spata, north of Athens -- is properly licensed and meets European regulations regarding the upkeep of animals in captivity, the Arcturos animal welfare society revealed on April 25.

In a 39-page report that was drafted with the cooperation of numerous experts, as well as Endcap, a pan-European coalition of groups acting against animal captivity, and the UK-based Born Free Foundation, Arcturos stressed the need for clearer legislation defining and governing the operation of facilities where wild animals are kept in captivity for the purpose of public display or breeding.

The report was part of a presentation made at the European Commission in Brussels on April 24 by Endcap and the Born Free Foundation -- with Arcturos reporting on conditions in Greece -- summing up the results of a comprehensive investigation into the licensing and performance of zoos across Europe.

For Greece in particular, Arcturos’s report laments the lack of public awareness regarding wild animals in captivity and inspections of sites where they are displayed or bred.

It also says that the interpretation by Greek legislation of the EU directive governing zoos, which was adopted by Athens in 2005, “lacks uniformity, which has led to inconsistencies in its application.”

“The Ministry of Environment, which has recently adopted responsibility for zoo regulation from the Ministry of Agriculture, does not appear to hold a central record that lists ‘zoos’ and ‘exhibitions of animals’ in Greece,” the conservationists’ report said.

Arcturos further charged local authorities responsible for zoos operating in Thessaloniki’s Seikh-Sou Forest, in Trikala and in the National Gardens in Athens.

“These establishments are not regulated by [EU directive] PD98/2004, but instead are provided with operational licenses at the local level. Local mayors defend the existence of their zoos but do not appear to recognize... their responsibilities to the animals in their care,” it said in its report.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday April 26, 2012 (17:51)  
Greeks Gone West: Kristina Tremonti
Greeks Gone West: Greg Pappas
Gazi, from industrial backwater to urban hot spot
Greeks Gone West: Greg Yatanes
Doomful Placebo play southern Athens roof-top venue
Placebo’s fans in Greece are expected to welcome the brilliantly doomful band on Friday, August 8, as part of their international tour, for a one-time performance at the Peace and Friendship...
Thessaloniki producing a homegrown brand of manga
A group of writers (genshaku-sha), and cartoonists (mangaka) in the northern port city of Thessaloniki are making a splash with manga fans by producing their own online series, which has alr...
Inside Life
Inside Travel
Inside Gastronomy
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Troika review in Athens unaffected by Paris meeting
2. Soldiers set to sue over wages
3. Taxpayers can designate account protected from seizures to cover state debts
4. Nimetz in Athens without concrete ideas on name dispute
5. BoC eyes bond sale after raising 1 bln euros
6. MPs question whether ELSTAT chief should stay
more news
Today
This Week
1. Greece names fifth privatization agency chief in four years
2. Archaeological council bans international climbers' gathering at Meteora
3. World’s largest solar boat on Greek mission
4. Venizelos to meet Nimetz in Athens
5. Tsipras discusses Cyprus with Anastasiades in Athens
6. More than 120,000 households to receive special benefit
Today
This Week
1. Climber dies in Mount Olympus fall
2. Unequal after death
3. Greek sovereign debt at 174.1 percent of GDP in first quarter
4. Hedge fund Dromeus turns Greek tragedy to triumph with 160 pct gain
5. Quadriplegic woman on life support 'dies due to unpaid power bills'
6. Front-line threats
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.