(Our articles are being updated as often as possible. Our goal is to shed light to everything and leave no question unanswered)
This website has been put together by the volunteers of nearly 200 animal organizations from Greece and abroad, who co-signed, on July 2020, an open letter to the Greek government explaining how adoption of strays in not trafficking – probably a global first, as we are not aware of any other country in the world where adoption is labelled “trafficking”.
This very Greek conspiracy theory began decades ago by one woman, and has since then inflitrated the government to such extent, that adoptions of stray dogs are systematically and illegally blocked by the authorities. It all started based on nationalistic and racist rhetoric, that wanted the Greeks to be “better” than anyone else, and that accused foreign rescuers, volunteers and adopters of “trafficking, bestiality” and much more.
For decades, volunteers are being slandered and harassed by journalists, by the local authorities and by politicians themselves, who are not only repeating the ridiculous conspiracy theory of adoptions being a trade and rescuers selling dogs for money, but they are also legitimizing extremely racist facebook pages, that are used to threaten and gaslight volunteers anonymously.
We have had enough and we are seeking international attention of this matter. Please follow the links below for more info:
- What forced nearly 200 animal organizations to write and open letter to the Greek government (basic information)
- Read our open letter to the Greek government (co-signing charities are alphabetically displayed in the end)
- First shelters in Greece, the dog catcher, and the beginning of a conspiracy theory (The oldest animal volunteer in Greece talks about the beginning of it all)
- Why Greeks believe that adoption of strays is trafficking (basic arguement of conspiracy theorists)
- What volunteers in rescue go though in Greece (slander, prosecution)
- Pet travelling by legal transporters is considered in Greece “mass exportation of strays” (vans transporting pets and adopted strays to their families are often stopped and the animals are confiscated)
- The racism behind the lies (How a nationalistic propaganda makes some Greeks see the strays as the marbles of Parthenon)
- The role of the media (How the Greek media and the press are responsible for legitimizing the lies)
- Cyberbullying of the animal volunteers (seeminlgy on behalf of the Greek Ministry of Argiculture)
- Foreign adopters replying publicly to racist comments from Greeks (part of the campaign “I am the one they accuse of trafficking”, where adopters speak out publicly against the slander)
Articles written about us:
- The National Herald – USA (basic information about nearly everything we fight for)
This page is being renewed as often as possible with new articles and information. For more details ckeck out our articles in Greek here.
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