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National Animal

The Dolphin

“The soul is the same in all living creatures, although

the body of each is different.”

Hippocrates

Animals commonly seen in the wild

Marine fauna:

Seals, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, shark, sardines, mullets, groupers.

Birds:

Kingfishers, golden orioles, hoopoes, swallows, rollers and bee-eaters.

Land mammals:

Kri-kris (also called Cretan goats), mice, martens and badgers (kinds of weasels), mouflons (kind of wild sheep), deer.

Snakes and insects:

Vipers, turtles, lizards, frogs, dragonflies, glow worms, grasshoppers, crickets

Common sights you will not like

In the city and
on the road

Stray dogs and cats are quite a common site around Greece. Common horror stories such as dumping of pets in garbage bins, or drowned. Horses are used for carriage rides in the heat and for hours on end.

In the
Countryside

Dogs are often tied up for days or more on leashes. Donkeys carrying heavy loads.

General animal welfare issues

Due to much dog poisoning a law was passed in 2012, stipulating a fine 30,000 Euros for this type of behaviour.

Hunting or poaching:

KriKri (wild goat) hunting is legal and is widely practiced in Greece. Foreigners come from far and wide to participate in krikri hunts. Poaching of birds happens illegally.

Animal fights:

Though dog fights are illegal in Greece, these types of fights unfortunately still take place.

Main organization for animal rescue and sheltering:

Greek Animal Rescue

Sanctuaries to visit or volunteer:

Arcturos Bear and wolf sanctuary

We have not included the treatment of animals in the meat/fur/leather industries, zoos or circuses, animal testing as these practices still frequently take place in many countries.

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