The ink is not yet dry on the Articles of Incorporation of one of the newest animal welfare groups to be formed in Greece and already there are sulphurous fumes of controversy and disagreement on the air. The little island of Kasos – one of the most far flung in Greece, just off the northeast tip of Crete – has distinguished itself in managing to find more than 21 people that are willing to sign up as founder members of a legally constituted not-for- profit body. (Hooray)!
A few dedicated people have been struggling to get this done for years and now that they are on the brink of success they find themselves having to deal with an issue that has got local blood boiling. And it’s all because a letter from the Ministry has been received by the Harbourmaster. A decision has been made at the highest level and more must follow… dogs are officially to be allowed to swim in the sea!!! Yes. And harbourmasters across the land have been told they must produce a list of beaches from which such bathing is to be permitted. So they have written to their local welfare groups to ask which ones should be included. And there’s the rub. No one can agree which those beaches should be. The poor little group is besieged. On one side there are those that are delighted and on the other those that have sworn to resist the outrage with every fibre of their being. What to do?
No doubt the same scenes are being repeated throughout Greece and I really hope people will not let their emotions cloud their judgement and sense of proportion. But we are talking about Greeks. Frankly, there’s no hope.