NICOSIA- The government will very soon implement measures to better protect animals and ensure their welfare, Director of the President's Office Panayiotis Antoniou said on Tuesday.
Speaking after a meeting with state stakeholders, Antoniou said: “We have for around two months now and on the instructions of the President himself, in cooperation with the Commissioners for Volunteerism and NGOs and Environment, taken the initiative of concentrating our efforts and synchronising them on the very sensitive issue of animal protection and welfare.”
Noting this was the second meeting on the issue, following an earlier discussion that included animal welfare organisations, Antoniou said Tuesday’s deliberations had focused on noting the organisation’s proposals.
“The next phase, in cooperation with the animal welfare and other volunteer groups, will be to inform the ministry’s and Council of Ministers, having informed the President, of the measures and suggestions that have to be implemented so that we can demonstrate that we are a civilised state and a civilised society,” he said.
Antoniou said one of the issues discussed was the creation of a coordinating body for animal-related issues. The form of this body would be decided along the way, he said.
The meetings will also concentrate on examining laws connected to animals and the launch of a campaign to better inform the public about animal welfare issues. There will also be education programmes and a study on the situation at the country’s animal shelters.