We had a very successful demonstration against poisoning here in Ioannina on Saturday evening. It was well attended by university students in response to poisoning of animals at the university.

Today as if to say 'Have as many demonstrations as you want, we are still going to poison animals" three more dogs were poisoned at the University of Ioannina.  
No doubt there will be others. These are the bodies we have found so far.

After discussion with the Dean, he freely admitted that he thought it was members of the University community who were poisoning the animals but also feels there is no need to involve the police in view of the fact that no results will come of any police investigation. No university authority in Greece dares to invite the police into university grounds as universities are regarded as areas of 'asylum' and infringing on this asylum will result in severe criticism of the Dean - so hence we remain silent and condone crimes in order to avoid personal criticism.

For those who want to write and object to the poisonings and to insist that the Dean ensure the incident is investigated the contact information is provided below the greek text.

We ask all to post the information and photos on facebook etc. and to forward the information to organizations abroad.

Mary O'Connor
(on behalf of the members of the group for strays at the university of Ioannina)

Please send the following text to Mr. Ioannis Gerothanassis :
Ebenso an Mr. Triantafyllos Albanis senden:
Can be sent in English or Greek
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To the outgoing Dean of the University of Ioannina, Mr Ioannis Gerothanassis
To the incoming Dean, Mr  Triantafyllos Albanis

I would like to express my anger and disgust at the repeated poisoning of animals that has taken place over the last 20 days in grounds of what is supposed to be an academic institution. The poisonings occurred on 7 and 29 June, respectively, and in  total 25 animals have been killed, including two privately owned animals.
The poisonings occurred at the same time in various areas of the University, suggesting that they were undertaken by individuals with an excellent knowledge of the University surroundings.
I ask that you take immediate measures to stop this inhumane treatment of animals by members of your University, that the police be called, as required by law in such cases and that a full investigation of the members of the University community is undertaken.
It is unacceptable for these things to occur anywhere, let alone in a well known University whose main aim should be the dissemination of knowledge rather then than the annihilation of living creatures using barbaric methods.
Yours sincerely,

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Κύριε απερχόμενε πρύτανη Γεροθανάση,
Κύριε Αλμπάνη, επερχόμενε πρύτανη του Πανεπιστημίου Ιωαννίνων,

Αίσχος και ντροπή αισθάνομαι για τα αλλεπάλληλα περιστατικά δηλητηρίασης ζώων
που έλαβαν χώρα στο κατά τ'άλλα "πολιτισμένο" πανεπιστημιακό ίδρυμά σας τις 20 τελευταίες ημέρες, στις 07/06/2010 και στις 29/06/2010.Συγκεκριμένα, δηλητηριάστηκαν 25 ζώα, εκ των οποίων δύο ιδιόκτητα.
Οι δηλητηριάσεις συνέβησαν σε ταυτόχρονη ώρα και σε διαφορετικά σημεία του ιδρύματος, πράγμα που υποδηλώνει ότι έγιναν από άτομα που είχαν άριστη γνώση του περιβάλλοντος χώρου του Πανεπιστημίου.
Απαιτώ να ληφθούν οπωσδήποτε μέτρα για να σταματήσει αυτή η απάνθρωπη μεταχείριση των ζώων από τα μέλη του ιδρύματός σας. Να κληθεί η αστυνομία όπως ΟΡΙΖΕΙ ο νόμος σε αυτές τις περιπτώσεις και να γίνει και ένορκη διοικητική εξέταση των μελών της πανεπιστημιακής κοινότητας.
Είναι ΑΠΑΡΑΔΕΚΤΟ να συμβαίνουν αυτά σε οποιονδήποτε χώρο, πόσο μάλλον σε ένα τόσο γνωστό πανεπιστημιακό ίδρυμα, του οποίου βασικό μέλημα πρέπει να είναι η μεταλαμπάδευση της γνώσης και όχι οι μεσαιωνικές μέθοδοι αφανισμού κάθε ζωντανής ύπαρξης.

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contact details for Gerothanassis
Fax: 0030 26510 07200
Tel: 0030 26510 07446 and 0030 26510 07319

Contact details for Albanis
Tel: 0030 26510 08345