An Animal Party Cyprus (APC) representation yesterday met with Cyprus Tourism Organisation (CTO) officials to discuss a suggested protocol of action for hotels to follow when dealing with stray animals.
The meeting came in the wake of ongoing outrage, and negative publicity for Cyprus overseas, over the death of stray puppy Billy who was thrown into a box crusher by employees at a Protaras hotel.
Speaking to The Cyprus Daily on APC’s behalf, Kyriacos Kyriacou said it was not enough for the Cypriot authorities, including the CTO, “to try to patch up holes” without properly dealing with the issue of animal welfare.
“We endeavoured to make them understand that a plan of action can only be successful if they work alongside experts, if staff are properly trained and if hotels are bound to fulfilling their obligations,” Kyriacou said.
He added APC had been promised assistance by a USA expert in the field and expressed concern similar efforts by the Green Party and animal welfare groups would not be strong enough to keep the tourism industry in line.
“If we get the impression our proposal will not be taken seriously we will move along with other actions. What is important here is the welfare of animals,” Kyriacou said.
The APC founder also said there had been no official response to his party’s concerns over conditions at some animal boarding kennels.