Animals

Greece Introduces New Regulations for Pets; Stricter Penalties for Abuse

Greece is introducing new regulations for pet owners, sellers and stricter penalties for pet abuse in a new bill presented to Parliament on Thursday.

Greeks Defy Cold to Rescue Beached Dolphin

After a passerby spotted a dolphin on the shore of Kariani Beach, near Kavala, locals rushed to save a second dolphin that had somehow become stuck on dry land. A number of volunteers set out to rescue the majestic sea...

Dog Nurses Cats in Touching Video from Greece

A dog was spotted nursing cats in the village of Krannonas in central Greece recently. The heartwarming footage shows "Sanny" the dog lying down, allowing the cats to nurse her -- instead of chasing them around the farm. The Greek farmer...

Greece Discovers New Coronavirus Strain Mutated in Minks

A new coronavirus strain that infected mink during the second wave of the pandemic in November has also spread to humans in Western Macedonia, scientists say. According to scientists from the Biomedical Research Foundation of the Academy of Athens (IIBEAA), the...

Dead Whale Washes up on Piraeus Beach

In what may be the first such incident of its kind ever in Piraeus, a dead whale washed up on Wednesday at the port of Athens on the Aegean Sea. Amazing images of the enormous mammal emerged as people were...

The Anglo-Danish Couple Who Devote their Lives to Saving Greek Cats

Richard and Joan Bowell, who left everything they had ever known, put a hold on their careers and sold their home in Denmark in order to establish a cat sanctuary on the Greek island of Syros, see their mission...

Greek Cat Makes New Home on the Grave of His Former Owners

A moving testimony of the love and gratitude that cats have for their human companions is being demonstrated every day now in the Greek cemetery of Astros Kynourias in the Peloponnese, as a rescued feline can be seen spending...

Majestic Swans Make Greek Lake their Home for Winter

Dozens of migratory swans have arrived from northern Europe to the Kerkini Lake in northern Greece this week for the winter months.

Netflix Doc Tells Story of Miraculous Cat Sanctuary on Greek Island

The efforts of a British couple to rescue all the homeless cats on the Greek island of Syros are the subject of a new documentary on Netflix.

Greek President Sakellaropoulou Adopts Stray Kitten from Karpathos

In early November, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou officially adopted a stray kitten named Calypso from the island of Karpathos, making the tiny feline the very first stray cat ever adopted by a Greek President while in office. Sakellaropoulou first met...

Culling of Thousands of Coronavirus-Infected Minks Begins in Kozani, Greece

The procedure to cull a total of 2,500 thousand minks began in Greece's northern city of Kozani on Saturday. All 2,500 minks had contracted the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The infected mink population is located in the village of Kaloneri of...

Greece Now Has Legions of Coronavirus Infected Minks

Covid-19 has now been detected in thousands of minks at a farm in northern Greece, according to an Agriculture Ministry official's statement on Friday. The testing of the animals was spurred by the discovery just days ago of the virus...

Animal Cruelty in Greece Now Punishable by Up to 10 Years in Prison

The Greek Parliament on Thursday unanimously passed a new law that makes serious animal abuse a crime that can lead to a maximum 10-year prison sentence. According the new provisions, people who mistreat animals will also have to pay "a...

Tortured Dog Recovers, Becomes a Symbol of Animal Rights in Greece

The dog who was the victim of a brutal knife attack in the Athenian suburb of Nikaia has now fully recovered, and is a symbol in the campaign against animal abuse in Greece. The attack occurred earlier in October, when...

Greece Toughens Penalties for Animal Abusers as Cases of Barbarism Proliferate

Animal abuse will soon be punished as a felony rather than a misdemeanor, according to legislation planned by Agricultural Development & Foods Minister Makis Voridis, following a rise in such incidents lately. In a ministry statement on Thursday, Voridis said...