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Backlash Against Mandatory Neutering in Greece’s Animal Reform Bill

ATHENS – A public consultation over an animal welfare package being sent to the Parliament by the New Democracy government has seen widespread opposition to mandatory neutering of pets.

There were some 28,000 comments about the measure, said Kathimerini, most of them around the neutering requirement and also about a ban on amateur breeding which drew sharp criticism.

The government is said to be looking at modifying the proposal to allow amateur breeding with conditions and also to exempt sterilization of pets in some cases although the scope of the changes hasn't been set, the report added.

Greece would have been the first country in the European Union to force pet owners to sterilize their animals and the government, seeing the staunch opposition, reportedly will offer incentives instead of a requirement.

In May, the bill was drawing fire at a time when there had been violent incidents against stray animals and as the government said it would increase fines for animal abuse.

“It is time for Greece to take courageous steps towards the protection of our little friends," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted then, with a video about the bill accompanying his message.

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