mercredi 12 janvier 2011

Grèce : une touriste témoigne de la cruauté des Crétois à l'égard des animaux

5 Reasons You Should Not Move to Crete, Greece
Things You Should Know Before You Go
Sydney Ellis
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Additionally, there is always something you've missed - and sometimes that something is really costly. Getting real answers from people about what stuff costs is like pulling teeth. Imagine how my heart beat when we
 received a 3,000 Euro electricity bill. Investigation uncovered that our meter hadn't been read in 8 months and the amount we had been paying was an estimate based on the previous year - when our house wasn't occupied. Perhaps your 'surprise' won't be electricity but instead doctor's fees, the cost of internet connection, or car repairs. Plan on having an expensive surprise - at worst it won't happen and you'll have a financial cushion.

You cannot deny an animal in pain

For every well cared for pet on Crete, there are dozens of starving, neglected, or abused animals. Based on my experience, I think that most Cretans are not abusive to animals, so why are there so many abused animals? Because of the culture. In other cultures, it is taboo to abuse or starve an animal, and offenders are brought to justice when one or several witnesses step in or authorities are notified. This is not the case in Crete. While animal abuse is illegal in Greece, a person who stands up for the abused animal will often be victimized by the offender; people who are cruel to animals aren't known for their compassion. If you are an animal lover considering moving to Crete, this aspect of life on the island can't be ignored. Consider what you will do when you see an animal cruelly treated. Will you notify authorities? Will you physically prevent the abuse? Will you steal the animal? All of these things happen, but not without a price.

Some people are able to blind themselves to the situation. Others end up with a house packed with animals whose care eats away financial resources and time. And this great personal sacrifice is a drop in the ocean, it will never solve the problem. Many Cretans have a distaste for neutering animals. One native told me it was unnatural to deprive the animals of their inclination to breed. I don't know if that's how most Cretans view neutering, but I do know that for every rescued kitten and pup, there are dozens more on the way. What's an animal lover to do? If you're the kind of person who can't bear to see an animal abused or seriously neglected, how will you handle the many incidents you will witness if you live there year-round?
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