Ippothesis is a Panhellenic Equine Welfare Society (PA.S.P. I) registration number 30636/2015 which was founded in 2014. It was born out of the necessity to apply legislation by submitting proposals to the competent Ministry, to enforce control mechanism, deposit written questions at the European and Greek Parliament, organize a strong educational sector so as to inform civilians and stop the abuse of equidae in our country.
Our first rescue operation took place in December 2016. After several months of investigation, collecting information and evidence for the abuse of equines at a certain place we filed a written complaint at the Public Prosecutor for animal welfare. We saved 12 malnourished equidae in horrible situation tortured by kill buyer’s family.
Since then, we succeeded rescuing more equines, each time with a Prosecutor’s written directive. We save and rehome them care for them in a country which treats them as tools.
Greece has incorporated some of the Community Directives concerning equidae without applying any control mechanism. The equine registration and identification which was applied in October 2022 is Ippothesis biggest success. Following our written complaints at the competent European Committee finally Greece has enforced the European Regulations on equine registration. Our country since 2008 systematically avoided Equidae traceability and we are proud we have successfully integrated of the regulation and function of the electronic database.
In 2017 Ippothesis was awarded by the Citizens Movement for an Open Society by the President of Hellenic Republic for our voluntary contribution.
We have participated in conferences organized by Hellenic Police and Geotechnical Chamber presenting “Equine abuse and welfare in Greece” During festival for the Greek Horse at Prastos area in Arkadia we had the chance to present to young children and adults the physical and psychological needs of equines so as to make them feel safe and healthy. Since then, we have been informing school students who invite us to get to know more about equines and understand their needs.
We do not own stable establishment and for many years we used different spaces for a fee to accommodate the equines we rescue. Since May 2022 we are renting a stables facility in Attica where we have paddocks, stables and our own warehouse.
Our proposal through Panhellenic Animal Welfare Federation to ban equine slaughter in Greece was approved. Next goal is to achieve through legal procedures the incorporation of all legislation on equine welfare and to create an institutional framework to protect these animals.