During a two-day workshop titled “Protection, animal welfare and abuse of pets, equines and farm animals. Legal framework and prospects” on 14-15 of December at Naxos, farmers’ arguments were refuted and objections were dispelled by the Public prosecutor at the Naxos Court of the First Instance,concerning animal hobbling.
“Severe animal abuse”
The Public Procecutor stated that the method of hobbling should be abolished as it has been scientifically proved that it constitutes a severe form of animal abuse and it is prosecuted.
“As it constitutes a criminal offence, the law will be applied to all citizens. If someone violates the law, it is his own decision. Of course, the counter-argument that hobbling is a custom and traditional method used by farmers, is not acceptable and cannot be taken into consideration” she said. She also denied some farmers point of view that alternatives instead of using the method of hobbling are much more expensive.