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.
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 carry out regular inspections and 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.