It’s gone on for so long but now people are standing up for the animals in Cyprus.
Aphrodite’ island of love is certainly not something that is recognised by animals whether they be working animals or domestic pets. It’s unusual to find dogs and cats that are allowed to live indoors in Cyprus unless they belong to expats and other European nationalities.
There are some exceptions but mostly dogs live in kennels or cages for the majority of the time and generally taken out to go hunting with the men in their macho gear and big rifles. At the beginning of the hunting season it’s also quite common for a hunter or two to get shot by accident so it does rid us of a couple each year!
Recently though, there have been a number of horrific cruelty cases uncovered on the island and this time the public have risen and put on a united front. One puppy was beaten so severely he was unconscious when he was taken in for treatment and a donkey died after being kept in appalling circumstance. Her unborn foal also died with her….
Last night (2nd July 2012) there was a protest outside the Police Headquarters in Nicosia.
See photos below in the Twitter link: