Greek Legislation

There are specific Greek laws governing animal welfare and their protection from cruelty and abuse. The following links are provided to help animal lovers use this information in the interest of reporting any welfare or cruelty or abuse issue to the authorities

Click here to download the law regarding companion animals 4039/2012. The updated law 4235/2015 can be downloaded here.
Please note, at the moment, both these are only in Greek.

Update April 2019:

GAWF has paid to have the Greek Government circular of 2nd August 2018 regarding the “Protection of Working Equines” officially translated into English to help the Equine welfare community in Greece use its contents to be better informed about the current legal status of animal welfare laws affecting horses, donkeys and mules, and how to use it to report animal abuse. 

You can read the official translation into English as well as the original Greek circular of 2ndAugust 2018 here

See our story posted in August 2018:

However, we all know that the Greek Government is still to implement European Commission Regulations (EU) 2015/262, commonly known as the ‘Equine Passport Regulation’. We continue to lobby the Greek Government to fully implement the provisions of this EU wide legal obligation.


On 14th May 2018 another circular was issued by Ministry of Interior and more specifically from the Police Directorate in Emoupolis, Syros (capital of Cyclades) via which they requested that the Police Directorate of Cyclades and all Police Stations in its jurisdiction conducted  regular and substantial inspections to prevent the abuse of animals through ‘hobbling’. You can find this circular here (currently only in Greek) 

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