Μαθητές του 5ου Γυμνασίου
Κατερίνης βραβεύονται σε Πανελλήνιο Διαγωνισμό
Μαθητές του 5ου Γυμνασίου Κατερίνης βραβεύονται σε Πανελλήνιο Διαγωνισμό
Martin the guinea pig
A GOOD “LESSON”A story written by Stella Kyriatzi
Too good to be TRUE?
DYING IN THE RAIN
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5o ΓΥΜΝΑΣΙΟ ΚΑΤΕΡΙΝΗΣ
601 00 Κατερίνη
Μαθητές του 5ου Γυμνασίου Κατερίνης
βραβεύονται σε Πανελλήνιο Διαγωνισμό
Στις 3 Οκτωβρίου 2004, η Επιτροπή του Ετήσιου Πανελλήνιου Διαγωνισμού του ελληνικού παραρτήματος της αγγλικής φιλοζωϊκής οργάνωσης RSPCA, GAWF (Greek Animal Welfare Fund) απένειμε το 1ο Πανελλήνιο Βραβείο στους μαθητές του Γ3 ( σχ. έτους 2003-04), επειδή η εργασία τους, (ένα 4σέλιδο ένθετο αφιέρωμα στην αγγλική γλώσσα, με άρθρα, σφυγμομέτρηση της κοινής γνώμης, φωτο-ιστορίες, διηγήματα , puzzle, quiz κλπ, που θα δημοσιευτεί στο αγγλόφωνο περιοδικό της οργάνωσης), κατά την επιτροπή, «ήταν γραμμένη σε άρτια αγγλικά και έδειχνε βαθειά γνώση, ευαισθησία και κατανόηση των θεμάτων που αφορούν στην προστασία και ευημερία των ζώων».
Το σχολείο μας συμμετείχε στο διαγωνισμό με τις τάξεις αγγλικής της κ. Λουκίας Κορομπίλη, Α2+3, Β1+2 & Γ3, με τρεις ομαδικές εργασίες περιβαλλοντικής εκπαίδευσης, με θέμα την μέριμνα και προστασία των ζώων.
Η επιτροπή του διαγωνισμού συγχαίρει τους μαθητές και των τριών τάξεων, γιατί ήταν το μοναδικό σχολείο σε όλη την Ελλάδα που έφτασε και με τις τρεις συμμετοχές του στους τελικούς, και προσφέρει στη βιντεοθήκη του σχολείου 14 αγγλόφωνες βιντεοταινίες.
Ο Σύλλογος των Διδασκόντων αισθάνεται την ανάγκη να συγχαρεί δημόσια τους μαθητές για την επιτυχία τους και να επισημάνει ότι τέτοιες επιτυχίες καταξιώνουν το έργο που επιτελείται στο δημόσιο σχολείο.
Ο Σύλλογος των Διδασκόντων
του 5ου Γυμνασίου Κατερίνης
On Tuesday March 30th the young reporters of class B1+2 interviewed the president and vice- president of “ARGOS” in the presence of the whole class. The aim of this interview was on the one hand, to raise animal welfare awareness among our classmates and on the other, to inform the audience on local problems and their management.
Areas of concern
“ARGOS” members are mainly concerned with domestic animals and intervene in cases of cruelty to them. They campaign for the implementation of the laws, and encourage the public to call the police and the mass media when they evidence incidents of cruel behaviour to animals. They believe that animal welfare education is
the key to the solution of most of the problems. That’s why, they often welcome visits of schoolchildren to the Municipality Dogs’ shelter run by their society.
Nursery school pupils at the dogs’ shelter.
Mr Kantartzis: “The earlier animal welfare education starts, the better for the animals’ future!”
Though their main action lies with domestic animals, and particularly stray animals, the society are ready to act whenever and wherever poor four-legged or winged creatures are threatened. On the day of their visit to our school, they were very worried about a pair of storks which were prevented to use their nest on top of Agios Georgios church. Sensitized by them we went on the spot and photographed the storks which, by the way, are an endangered species.
Main Local problems
Irresponsible pet owners, stray animals, cruel behaviour, poisoning. Vice- president Mr Kapatos stated: “ Greece is the only European country where poison-balls (“fola”) are used in poisoning animals! Animals
have a long, painful death. The doers are the worst murderers!”
Luckily, the “ARGOS” society have the support of the local authorities. The dogs’ shelter is one of the best in Greece. It belongs to and it is funded by the Municipality , but it is run by the members of the society.
“Obligatory neutering and microchipping of pets is the A and Z for the solution to the problem of strays,” says Mr Kapatos and he adds, “ the strict implementation of the laws and animal aware citizens would annihilate the problems.”
“Is euthanasia a solution?” the audience wonders… “ARGOS is against euthanasia, that’s why we provide treatment even to seriously injured animals. We have a deep respect for life and we fight desperately for LIFE.”
It was a very proud Mr Kantartzis when he showed us the photo of the lame dog supported by a wheeled device.
ARGOS welcome the cooperation with other animal welfare societies.
Contact Mr Kantartzis: 2351 028240 / 047555
Martin the guinea pig
A Story written by Stella Kyriatzis
It was an ordinary day. Martin the mouse was in his cage thinking about his life. He was completely desperate. “I will never go to the countryside I will never explore a forest I will never go secretly to a cellar to grab some cheese”, at least, he thought, “I’ll never meet or be chased by a cat.” His life was both boring and cruel. He lived in a cage in a laboratory and twice a day a man in white would come and feed him with pills.
But how did Martin learn about a normal mouse’s life? He had never seen how to live free was like. Well, a dark night while it was raining “cats and dogs”, two little mice appeared in the laboratory from a small hole in the wall. They had lost their way and they were trying to go back home but when they saw Martin and his family sleeping in a narrow cage they asked curiously why they were trapped in the cage. They were surprised by the answer they were given: Martin and his family had been living there since they were born and people used to feed them in exchange for some of the mice’s blood! The two mice explained to Martin what it was like to be free and he liked it . He
wanted to get free, to meet the world! Unfortunately, there was nothing that
the two mice could do so they left with heavy heart.
In the next two days Martin kept thinking about how unlucky he was. He hated his lifestyle. He was suffering! People tested some kind of cosmetics on him and his family daily, and that hurt a lot. But humans don’t care about mice…
While he was thinking, two men came into the lab. “Oh, here comes my turn,” thought Martin. Fortunately, it wasn’t. The two men were talking loudly and they seemed very worried. “Lots of animal welfare organizations are trying to prevent us from testing cosmetics on mice. They claim that it’s cruel.” “There is still hope,» thought Martin.
Shall we also try to help Martin and the other laboratory animals and save them from being cruelly treated in experiments?
By Yiota Kourdounoulis
Two sad poor doggies
Are trapped in a pet shop cage.
Who will adopt them?
Of how to make your pet happy
P.S IF YOU FOLLOW MY ADVICE YOU WILL SOON GET ON REALLY WELL WITH YOUR PET. BELIEVE ME !!!!! IT’’S TRUE!!
a threat or a shame?
By Catherine Maroulis
During the last decades, in the streets of many towns and villages, we can see dogs and cats wandering, being sick and hungry, without having someone to provide them hospitality and take care of them. Moreover, we have heard or read many times that some unscrupulous people poison stray animals, kill them in a very cruel way or mistreat them.
Poisoned dog found in a state of decomposition by members of “Argos” society, outside a factory in Katerini. Its mate is lamenting its death.
Moreover, these animals and, especially, the dog that is thought to be man’s ‘’faithful friend’, have helped people many times in difficult situations. We have heard of many examples concerning the love and devotion that dogs show to their bosses. It is a pity that most people do not show the same love and devotion to these animals. It is a pity that we are not interested in taking care of them, firstly for the animals themselves and secondly, for our sake,
because public health is threatened when sick animals wander on the streets.
Luckily, a few years ago, a number of animal welfare organisations were founded in Greece. These organizations, among their other areas of concern, are also trying to save and protect stray animals and to inform and encourage all of us to join them in this attempt. The State has also introduced certain measures in order to protect stray animals, but also citizens from attacks and contagious diseases.
The construction of shelters where stray animals can live under hygienic circumstances, the prohibition of their poisoning, their obligatory sterilization and vaccination are some of the measures that should be given priority. Furthermore, schools should provide education on animal welfare issues. People’s attitude to animals is a proof of how civilized and humane a society is.
Thus, let us all show to animals our love, which they really ask for and desperately need!
I am writing to complain about the bad condition of the carriage and trekking horses at Paralia Beach and Katerinoskala.
First of all, it is obvious that they are not properly taken care of, because they stink from a kilometer away! Some of them need veterinary care as they suffer from saddle sores. I was shocked to see their wounds crowded with flies! I am not a specialist but I feel that most of them also suffer form foot problems because they look almost lame.
I am afraid that, in this case, cruel neglect and indifference to working horses in this tourist area do not only test our humanity but also cause a series of shocking reports of animal suffering in Greece, in foreign newspapers.
I expect that this matter will be resolved soon, or I shall have to address GAWF.
I am writing to complain about the dogs which hang around the center of Katerini day and night, in cold or hot weather, often hungry and thirsty.
I have read in the local papers that you have created a shelter for stray dogs where they can live under proper conditions. Are these poor, wandering dogs unwelcome there?
I also wonder if they have been vaccinated, neutered and treated for fleas and worms.
I look forward to a public reply so that everybody in Katerini is informed about the Municipality’s policy to stray animals.
Yiota Kordonoulis, Student at the 5th Secondary School.
A GOOD “LESSON”
A story written by Stella Kyriatzi
Jake was a bad boy. He didn’t like dogs in fact he hated them. Every time he saw a dog he would hit or kick it. His mother was so disappointed of him! She was unemployed and she should find a job immediately because her husband had died because of a dog bite. That’s why Jake didn’t like dogs and dogs didn’t like him either.
He had no friends because of his bad behavior. He felt very lonely. So his mother decided to buy him a puppy. He got so angry that he abandoned it and then lied to his mother saying that he had lost it. That made his mother even more desperate. She prayed to God with tears in her eyes: “Please make my son realize what he’s doing to the poor dogs!”
Two years later something strange happened. It was Monday and Jake was returning home after school. Suddenly, a bulldog appeared. It was very angry and probably rabid. Jake was scared to death. He started running but the angry dog was following him. “That’s it. I’m going to die, like my father», thought Jake, and he kept running. Then on the spur of the moment another dog appeared. The two dogs fought for a while and then, to Jake’s surprise, the bulldog left! Jake’s savior looked at him. Jake couldn’t believe his eyes! It was the same dog he had abandoned two years ago! How fool he was! He realized his mistake and took the dog to his house.
From then on, Jake changed. He had regretted harming all those dogs…
He tried to treat them with love.
When he grew up, he would take care of all the stray animals in his neighbourhood. He would give them food and water and take them to the vet when they got ill. Until his late70’s he kept on housing stray dogs.
When he died, his friends carved on his grave the following inscription:
“Here sleeps Jake, the best dog-friend ever”
Look! It started raining
Quick! Let’s swim under the bridge or we’ll get wet
☺ What kind of birds are found in Portugal?
☺ What type of snake is good at sums?
PUZZLE: Find the words below in the puzzle
Are you a responsible pet owner?
1)How long have you had your pet?
a) a few weeks
b) a few months
c) more than a year
2) Why have you got a pet?
a) To play with
b) it was a present
c) to take care of it
3) How often do you feed it?
a) when I have free time
b) four times a day
c) I follow the vet’s instructions
4) What do you feed it/them?
a) left overs
b) tinned pet’s food
c) I follow the vet’s instructions
5) Have you ever forgotten to feed it?
a) several times
b) once or twice
6) What do you take it to the vet for?
a) flea and worm/disease treatment
c) all the above
7) What would you do with its newly born babies?
a) dispose them
b) offer them to friends as a gift
c) No babies (it’s been neutered)
8) What would you do if you found a poisoned pet?
a) I would bury it
b) I would contact an animal welfare society
c) I would sue the doer
9) Would you choose an exotic animal as a pet?
b) Yes, if it was a present
c) No, never
10) What would you do if you found a homeless pet?
a) I would offer it as a gift
b) I would keep it out of pity
c) I would contact an animal welfare society
( a = 0, b = 1, c = 2)
0-3 You hate pets, WHY?
4-7 You love pets but you should be
8-10 You certainly love pets and you
are a responsible pet owner. Are
you so perfect with everything?
Too good to be TRUE?
By Panagiotis Haitas & Antonis Fokaidis
The aim of this report is to evaluate the results of a survey which was carried out to raise animal welfare
awareness among our schoolmates and also find out what their views and attitudes are on animal welfare .The data included in this report was obtained from a random sample of 100 schoolmates, aged 12-15, who responded to a questionnaire survey in late March 2004.
Of the 100 respondents surveyed ninety-four per cent thought that having any kind of pet is a big responsibility, one per cent were undecided and the remaining five per cent felt that having a pet is not a big responsibility. However, 50% would opt for an exotic pet, 36% could not decide whether owning an exotic pet is justified and only 14% were definitely against it.
A large number of those interviewed are not aware of the importance of neutering for the decrease of stray animals. This is highlighted by the fact that 70% of them either consider neutering a barbaric practice (52%) or do not know anything about it (18%).
It should be pointed out that 95% of our schoolmates were of the opinion that animals have the capacity to feel pain, fear and distress and , thus, 68% claimed that animals’ welfare should take precedence over productivity in animal farming. What’s more, ninety-two per cent of them felt that farm animals should have the freedom to express normal behavior and only 8 per cent stated ignorance or disagreed.
Presented with the dilemma “wild animals in zoos or in protected habitats?” 87% were clearly for the second option while 83% were definitely against hunting with dogs and claimed that it should be banned.
Questioned about the effect of urbanization on wild animals’ habitats, the majority of the interviewed pupils (62%) either thought that it is minimal and necessary if we are to improve our standard of living or stated ignorance on the issue. Seventy-nine per cent believe that recycling our rubbish and waste can improve the life of animals. A significant percentage (63%) disagree that people’s freedom of choice is an important factor when considering to buy a fur coat.
On the issue of the use of animals in experiments, only 37% believe that it is necessary to further our understanding of biology, 34% stated that it is justified in medical research and 62% were against their use for the testing of vanity products. What’s more, 64% of the interviewed would rather buy a “cruelty-free” product than one tested on animals, even if it was double the cost! A significant majority
(55%) were even concerned about rats and mice which are the most commonly used laboratory animals (about 83% of the animals used in research).
The results of this survey suggest that the majority of our schoolmates are sensitive to animal welfare. However, our recommendation is that our school environmental team should further campaign for animal welfare issues because a significant percentage of the pupils surveyed, ranging from 14% to 36% stated ignorance on the majority of the issues examined in the questionnaire.
Oh, man, let me sleep! I had such an exchausting day…I’ve been looking for some food but in vain. At least let me dream of a nice steak!
Stray dog in the Municipality park, in Katerini.Photo & comments by Sophia Petridis & Helen Sismanidis.
DYING IN THE RAIN
It was a dark rainy morning. I had a terrible
headache all night and I had hardly slept a wink. Bad weather always affects me, so I thought that the only thing that would cheer me up was my lovely dog, Johnny. He was my birthday present from my parents last year.
Anyway, I was going to feed him when I saw that he was lying down on the wet grass in our front garden. I tried to wake him up, but in vain. His legs were ominously stretched out and his lower jaw was sagging, revealing a blue tongue. My heart started pounding furiously. For a while, I couldn’t utter a single word. I was shocked. My little poor doggy was dead. I started to cry and finally managed to call my parents outside.
We didn’t know what to do. We were just watching
stunned and helpless. A very special member of our family had gone. We all were so sad. Our best friend had been obviously poisoned and we didn’t know the reason why. Something precious was missing from our lives and an important place in our hearts was empty. We were desperate. We felt that nothing could make us feel good, nothing could comfort us.
We had hardly realized our loss when we heard Kostas from the house opposite ours screaming “ Dad, heeelp… Asproula is dying!” The whole neihbourhood was upset and we all gathered around Asproula, Kostas’s pet,that was gasping for breath. The vet soon arrived but it was too late. Another three dogs were also found poisoned in our neighbourhood later in the day, and- what a horror! - one of them was found in a litter bin! The whole neighbourhood wept and cursed. “Who did it? Who did it?” everybody wondered. We even suspected some
people who had expressed their disconcert for the “noisy, dirty dogs”, but we had no evidence.
Our neighbours called the police. We didn’t know who to blame and we didn’t know where to declare .The police didn’t help. Then, we started to blame ourselves. “We haven’t done anything to protect our dog. We ought to take Johnny for a walk at least twice a day. We shouldn’t have let him free to hang around unaccompanied. It was our fault”, I admitted, and I burst out crying again.
When I realised that the only guilty was me and it was my irresponsibility that had actually killed my doggy, I felt desolate. I knew that I had to change, to become more responsible. So, I decided to join an organisation named GWAF and learn about responsible pet ownership. Now I know!
Written by Evi Chrysopoulou
Early in the morning
I must look for food. I’m starving
LOOK OUT! Mind the cars!
Ouch! Was it a kick? Why is everybody hurting me?
I feel so terrible!
In the evening
What is it? Is it food?
No luck!!. Just rubbish.. and I’m still starving…
& Helen Sismanidis
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