Dear President, Dear Government of Cyprus
Many tourists complain about the neglect and treatment of animals in Cyprus. Cyprus must wake up and address this problem. The large majority of Cypriots are friendly, decent, hospitable people, they do not deserve this shame or the negative impact that this behaviour has on tourism.
The fact that this affects tourism is a very important factor.
We ask that: An animal welfare and wildlife crime division is formed within the police. These people must be educated so that they present a united front when dealing with these cases. They must enforce the law with meaningful monetary and penal punishments for those that break it.
The Government veterinary services should work together with the public and animal charities to implement humane solutions of controlling animal overpopulation. They should stop spreading misinformation or suggesting ‘stop feeding them’ when TNR (Catch, neuter, return) volunteers ask for help in dealing with people that harass them and break the law.
Schools must educate children and teachers with the help of charities in regards to Animal welfare. Similarly a campaign must be run across the island educating older people in regards to what is acceptable behaviour while making it clear that we will not tolerate animal cruelty any longer.
Otherwise, we promise not to visit your country. We thank you for the reading of this letter.
Marie-Noëlle Valteau, Saint-Maurice, France