WHAT DO WE DO?
- Promote respect for animal life and the environment.
- Support actions to control animal reproduction.
- We work for animal welfare in the production of animals for human consumption in order to diminish their suffering during upbringing, transport, and slaughter.
- Care for Working Equines and educate their owners on animal husbandry…
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES DOES THE SOCIETY ACCEPT ANIMALS WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT.
ALTERNATIVE ADDRESSES ARE PROVIDED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS.
WHO ARE WE?
The Cretan Animal Welfare Group (CAWG) was established and registered in 1995 to provide care for animals in need.
CAWG’s Vision is “A world in which animals and the environment are respected and protected”.
Since 2003 stray dogs are, by law, the responsibility of the municipalities and this has contributed to CAWG’s Mission changing to improve the status and welfare of animals through:
- Advocacy – to inspire social change
- Education – to create an awareness of the interconnection between humans, animals and the environment
- Projects – that contribute to sustainable change.
Ways of Working:
Committed, Caring, Cooperative, Educative, Honest, Professional
The ethical basis for CAWG’s policies is that it looks beyond the conservation of a species to the welfare of individual animals. It is CAWG’s belief that each individual has an intrinsic value, and should be respected and protected.
Animals have biologically determined instincts, interests and natures, and can experience pain. Thus CAWG believes that animals have the right to live their lives free from avoidable suffering at the hands of humans, rather than be used simply as ‘raw materials’ for the benefit of mankind. Indeed, CAWG believes that it is the duty of humans to provide for the welfare of other species.
CAWG believes that all animals kept by, or under the control of, humans must be kept in circumstances appropriate to their species. Further, where the physiological and behavioural needs of a species cannot be met, the species must not be kept by man.
CAWG believes that where the welfare of an animal under human control is in question, then the animal must be given the benefit of any doubt. Furthermore, the different purposes for which animals are used must be regularly re-evaluated.
WHO IS INVOLVED IN CAWG?
Kerenza Vlastou CHES (GR/GB) – President of CAWG – Former European Member Societies Officer at WSPA
Gayner Vlastou BEd (GB) – Vice President of CAWG – former teacher for special needs teenagers
Rebecca Jacobs (NL) – Secretary of CAWG – physiotherapist
Michael Wilson (GB) – Treasurer of CAWG – businessman
Margaret Clurow (GB) – committee member – retired
Georgia Nikolidaki (GR/GB) – committee member – private employee
Marcel Van Der Molen (NL) - committee member – Marketing expert
We would like to thank for their ongoing support:
- All of our volunteers for tirelessly offering their souls
- The World Society for the Protection of Animals (W.S.P.A.)
- The Greek Animal Welfare Fund (G.A.W.F.)
- Greek Animal Rescue (G.A.R.)
- Sue Silk, our devoted UK treasurer and fundraiser
- Our vet, Andreas Badouvas, for his valuable work and patience
- Our generous sponsors of the Subsidised Neutering for Owned Dogs Project
- Cretan Donkey Care / Ezelopvang Kreta and Diana for her personal initiative to help us, our and so many other donkeys