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Animal Protection Laws in Greece



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In Greece there is a number of animal protection laws, both National and European legislation, aiming to protect the animals from human ignorance and cruelty. The most recent Law is the 4039/2012 which introduced the nationwide ban on circuses with animals and severe punishments and penalties for the animal abusers. 






ΝΟΜΟΣ 4039/2012 | ΦΕΚ-Α-15-2012

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ANIMALS IN ENTERTAINMENT
  • Article 12: Ban of use of any animal to every kind of entertaining shows, events and other relevant activities
1. It is prohibited to retain any kind of animal in the circus or in a circus with a varied program, if these animals are used in any way and for any purpose in their program, they take part in shows, or parades, or appear in front of the public.

2. It shall be prohibited to retain any kind of animal in recreational games, car racing platforms, musical concerts, exhibitions, fairs or other artistic or entertaining festivities/events, where animals are used in whatever way for whichever purpose in their program.

3. Fish rearing, education/training and use of animals for any kind of fights shall be prohibited as well as the rearing and use of dogs and cats for fur, skin or meat for the manufacture of medicinal or other substances.
  • Article 13: Exceptions
1. Out of the prohibitions laid down in article 12, paragraphs 1 and 2, the following institutions are excluded: legally operating zoos, aquariums, pet shops, care centers of species of wild fauna and game breeding facilities, governed by special provisions, provided that no shows involving animals are taking place in the aforementioned locations.

2. The provisions of article 12 (shall) apply taking into account article 7, as well as taking into account special provisions relating to racing horse and horse racing. 

Source: http://www.animalactiongreece.gr/1073_2/Greek-legislation

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