中英對照讀新聞》Animal abusers in Greece will face up to 10 years in jail 虐待動物者在希臘將面臨最高10年監禁
The Greek parliament on Thursday voted unanimously to make serious animal abuse a crime that can lead to a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
Until now, cruelty to animals had been a less severe offence in the eyes of the law, punishable by a mere fine.
According to a law voted Thursday, people who mistreat animals will also have to pay "a fine ranging from 5,000 to 15,000 euros." The minimum jail term will be one year.
The law defines abuse as "poisonings, hanging, burning, mutilating animals."
Last month, a 55-year-old man in Heraklion on the island of Crete hung and castrated a dog. Photos of the act appeared online and in Greek media. Such was the outrage that the man was fined 30,000 euros.
According to Greek police, there were 2,644 reports of animal abuse between January and June 2020, and 778 complaints were filed.
mistreat；動詞，虐待、苛薄對待。例句：They mistreat their dog and don’t feed it. （他們虐狗，不餵牠吃東西。）
mutilate：動詞，切斷、使傷殘、毀壞。例句：It has been three years since he was mutilated in an accident.（自他因意外導致身體殘缺後，已過了3年。）