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you up to date news on a wide range of subjects concerning
the shelters activities and any other information that
concerns animal welfare in general. Whatever the news and
however it affects the shelter and its mission, our
supporters have a right to know.
In July 2011, CVA launched an islandwide survey for the
purpose of determining the philozoic sentiments of the
island’s population and the performance of the relevant
authority ( Community Councils/ municipalities, District
Veterinary Services and Police), commissioned under the
animal welfare and protection laws in the
implementation of repressive and aversive measures for
The survey was conducted in both Greek and English and 1072
people participated. The results were astounding and
apocalyptic. It is evident that the majority of the
population is disappointed with the performance of the
relevant authorities in the way they handle problems in
relation to animal rights and animal welfare and control.
Moreover, it reveals that ignorance predominates around the
whole system of animal control.
The survey results are by no means an unexpected outcome to
animal welfare organisations that have been striving for
many years to persuade the government into instituting a
proper system of animal control and implementation of the
relevant animal welfare laws. Instead, the government
remains indifferent and continues to ignore public
demand. Here are the synoptic results of the survey:
- 88% Believe that Cyprus does not offer a proper system
for animal welfare.
- 70% Believe that the veterinary services do not
execute their duties efficiently.
Are not satisfied with the services offered by the
- 70% Are dissatisfied with the non implementation of
the law by the police.
- 84% Have stated that they are in favour of an annual
general tax of €10 to be levied on all taxpayers and
used for the creation of a well organised pet animal
welfare and control fund only 4% were against such a
- 42% Stated that such a fund would be administered
efficiently and with transparency by animal welfare
- 31% Stated that such a fund would be better
administered by a combination of animal welfare
organisations, veterinary Services and the police.
- 42% Stated that they are in favour of the abolition of
the dog licences and the same percentage stated that
they are against its abolition.
- 79% Stated that they are willing to sterilise their
animals and the same number called for a subsidised
Stated that animals do not enjoy good living
- 80% Stated that the police did not respond adequately
to calls related with animal matters.
- 87% Are dissatisfied with the local authority’s
refusal to deal with issues relating to cat problems.
Are not happy with the services offered by Local
Authority on the control of stray dogs.
- 63.7% Stated that if they lost their dog they would
not trust the local authority looking after it in the
It is evident that
the government is either ignorant regarding the wishes
and demands of the population regarding animal welfare
or deliberately chooses to avoid the issue.
The survey findings send an important message to the
state; those designated as the competent authority under
the relevant animal welfare Laws, are considered as
inappropriate and incompetent to handle the welfare of
animals. We have all been witnesses to the
suffering of dogs in the hellholes they call ‘pounds’
and the way that colonies of cats are dealt with.
They have stated many times that they do not want to
have anything to do with animals and in fact, refuse
outright to implement the law.
The most important issue arising from this survey is the
desire of the people to proceed with changes in their
own lives for the purpose of improving the quality of
life of animals. Similarly, nearly half of the
survey participants expressed more confidence in animal
welfare organisations implementing the law than by
Animal welfare organisations have shown that they can do
a better job; they have proven that they are the
competent and appropriate authority to control and care
for our homeless pets and by popular demand; the
responsibility should be legally assigned to them.
Why does the government not support the already proven
authority on this subject?