Απαγορεύστε το κυνήγι στην Κύπρο – Ban hunting in Cyprus
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Βοηθήστε να σταματήσει ο βασανισμός εκατοντάδων ζώων μέσω του κυνηγιού υπογράφοντας το ψήφισμα και καλώντας την κυπριακή κυβέρνηση να απαγορεύσει κάθε μορφή κυνηγιού.
Please sign this petition to urge the authorities of the Republic of Cyprus to put an end to animal suffering caused by hunting.
Ban hunting in Cyprus – stop animal cruelty
Hundreds of animals suffer and die in horrific ways in Cyprus every year due to hunting.
Although it was part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, hunting is now nothing more than a violent and cowardly form of recreation that kills hundreds of animals in Cyprus every year, many of which suffer a slow and horrific death.
Pain and Suffering
Pray – the hunters main victims
Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured or killed by hunters.
Animals just like humans have a nervous system which allows them to feel pain when shot or dragged by a hook that has been punctured right through some part of their body.
Hunters cause injuries, pain and suffering to animals who are not adapted to defend themselves from bullets, traps and other cruel killing devices. They destroy animal families and habitats, and leave terrified and dependent baby animals behind to starve to death. For the animals that manage to survive hunting, the stress that they suffer—caused by fear and the inescapable loud noises and other commotion that hunters create—also severely compromises their normal eating habits, making it hard for them to store the fat and energy that they need in order to survive the winter.
Dogs who are used for hunting also suffer. They’re often kept chained or penned and denied routine veterinary care such as vaccines and heartworm medication.
Despite the claims of the hunters to love and care for their dogs, cases of killing each other's dogs for revenge are being reported lately as well.
Many of them are shot, while some are lost during hunts and never found, and others who are turned loose at the end of hunting season to fend for themselves often die of starvation or get struck by vehicles. After every hunting activity, large numbers of abandoned and injured dogs are rescued, while others are found dead and brutally abused. Dog rescuers in Cyprus are struggling to accommodate the dogs that are victims of hunters.
It isn’t about conservation or population control.
Hunting has actually contributed to the extinction of animal species all over the world.
The delicate balance of ecosystems ensures their survival—if they are left unaltered. The hunters victims are artificially reproduced and released to nature. Even when unusual natural occurrences cause overpopulation, natural processes work to stabilize the group.
Hunting is Not Sport
Hunting is often called a “sport,” to disguise a cruel, needless killing spree as a socially acceptable activity. However, the concept of sport involves competition between two consenting parties, adherence to rules and fairness ensured by an intervening referee, and achieving highest scores but not death as the goal of the sporting events.
In hunting, the animal is forced to “participate” in a live-or-die situation that always leads to the death of the animal, whereas the hunter leaves, their life never remotely at stake.
Hunters also frequently use food and electronic callers to lure unsuspecting animals in front of their weapons. The truth is, the animal, no matter how well-adapted to escaping natural predators she or he may be, has virtually no way to escape death once he or she is dealing with guns and traps.
Violence against animals can lead to violence against humans.
Like other forms of casual or “thrill” violence, hunting leads to a dangerous desensitization to the suffering of others. Research in psychology and criminology shows that people who commit violent acts against animals rarely stop there, as many move on to target their fellow humans.
Hunting is business – many of its supporters make money from it
Hunting is supported by many just because it is a source of income for them, at the expense of suffering animals. Hunting Associations’ board members and “opinion leaders”, as well as relevant state officials include owners of businesses targeting hunters such as shops selling clothing, guns and equipment, as well as individuals illegally trading hunting equipment.
We, the undersigned, believe that hunting is a cruel act that has no place in civilised societies and should be illegal for the welfare of animals and the protection of the natural environment.
We urge you to ban any form of hunting and animal suffering caused by it.
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