Committee member Simona Eicke is in charge of the cow project. Our aim is to improve the lives of the cows on Kos so that they can roam freely and always have access to water.
1. If you see farm animal abuse on Kos (for example, cows with no access to shade or water), take a photo of the cow’s ear tag (showing both numbers). Please also note the exact location.
If you see animals without ear tags, this is also illegal. Make a note of the exact location.
2. Either ask to see your hotel owner and get him/her to phone the agricultural office (Tel: +30 224 205 7941). The person responsible for animal welfare is Mr Prekas, the state vet. Your hotel owner should inform him where the abuse is happening, and that it is shocking and upsetting to all of us who love the animals that share this planet with us.
As an alternative and possibly more effective way, go to the Agricultural Office, which is next to the police station on Akti Miaouli in Kos town (a small office with a brown door, facing the sea) to report the abuse in person. Ask for Mr Prekas, who will be able to identify the owner if you have a photograph of the tag and/or the location you have noted. He will then contact them.
3. Please go to the internet site 'Cows of Kos' www.thepetitionsite.com/de-de/872/262/409/stop-the-suffering-of-the-cows-of-kos and sign the petition.
EU law clearly states cows must have access to shade and water 24 hrs a day and GASAH is doing all it can to see these laws enforced. If you do come across any form of animal abuse, make sure your hotel manager knows you are concerned, and that this cruelty is having a negative impact on your holiday and on any recommendation you might pass on to others. Tourism is a key industry on Kos and the more holidaymakers that register their concern for the animals, the more positive the effect is likely to be.
On behalf of the animals on Kos, thank you for your help!
We have seen at first hand what always having access to water and shade as well as more freedom means for these cows.
The average Greek farmer is under great financial pressure. Added to this is an attitude towards animals deeply rooted in their mentality and traditions. This has a negative effect on the soft-eyed and innocent, but thirsty, hungry and forgotten Greek cows.
We must give the farmers an incentive so that they will be willing to change their attitude towards their animals. GASAH needs donations for the solar fences, so that the cows can move freely in the field and have constant access to water and shade.
In return, the farmer is required to fulfil the following conditions:
- The animals must always have water available.
- There must be shade available in the field.
- Injured animals must be given medical attention.
- The animals must live outdoors on the field for at least nine months each year (depending on the weather).
GASAH will motivate the farmers. Only with local farmers can we achieve sustainable improvement.
Thanks to good cooperation between GASAH and the veterinary department responsible for the welfare of rumimants here on Kos, we are becoming increasingly able to get help for these suffering animals with no voice. See here another success story. Photos show before and after the horn was cut.