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Turkish Strays in Desperate Need of Justice

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  • Alexandra Yurkiw
    Please sign petition and forward to friends. http://www.petitiononline.com/aznl1205/petition.html Turkish Strays in Desperate Need of Justice To: President of
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 3, 2005
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      Turkish Strays in Desperate Need of Justice

      To: President of Turkey, Mr. A. Sezer, Grand National Assembly,
      Interior Minister of the Turkish Republic, Minister of Environment and
      Forests of the Turkish Republic, Minister of Education of the Turkish
      Republic, Turkish Representative of European Union and to all Turkish

      On July 3rd, 2004, the Animal Rights and Protection bill was passed by
      the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and approved by the President of
      Turkey. Initially this was seen as a huge step in the right direction,
      unfortunately this has proven to be wrong.

      The one and only solution to a stray animal problem is undoubtedly the
      catch, spay/neuter and release policy but till this day, neither the
      Turkish government nor the local authorities, have even started to make
      an attempt to set up neuter/spay programs.
      In the rare places were there was a spay/neuter program, the
      spayed/neutered dogs are simply being shot or poisoned by order of the
      local mayor, veterinarian or some other municipality official.

      The reports about abuse, neglect, rape and killing of stray dogs are
      Alarming because of the massive scale on which these incidents are
      occurring but also alarming in regard to the entire Turkish society.
      What kind of example is set for the children in Turkey? They grow up in
      a world where dead dogs alongside the road are a normal, every day
      sight. They grow up in a world where abuse of animals is often seen as
      just a joke. They grow up in a world that teaches them that (some) laws
      can be ignored. Would you really like to raise a generation of people
      that lack respect for nature and all creatures living in it? Lack
      respect for all living beings that are capable of feeling pain and fear
      every bit as much as humans can?

      Instead you should be in a hurry to teach respect....respect to all, so
      you will have a responsible and informed new generation of people, which
      in itself will be beneficial to the stray problem in your country as

      The recent case of dogs being abused, raped and killed in the shelter of
      Sivas is only one horrific example. The dogs in the Sivas municipal
      shelter are, as is the case in most Turkish municipal shelters, severely
      neglected. Villains access the shelter at night due to inferior fencing
      and once inside the shelter, they rape, abuse and kill the animals.
      Leaving empty beer bottles all over the place. The local authorities are
      aware of this happening but they do not act in anyway. The media have
      published about this case, the pictures and images are available, yet,
      again, no one is undertaking any actions.

      Let me remind you of the first article of the Turkish Animal Protection

      "Article 1: The purpose of this law is to ensure that animals are
      afforded a comfortable life and receive good and proper treatment, to
      protect them in the best manner possible from the infliction op pain,
      suffering and torture, and to prevent all types of cruel treatment."

      This is literally what your Law says, this is what has been approved and
      accepted by all. It's our view that laws are there to be implemented and
      not to be ignored. The people that have committed crimes against the
      stray dogs should be brought to justice. They should be held accountable
      for their gruesome actions, civilians and officials alike.

      So, we strongly urge you to start protecting the animals and implement
      the law. To set up catch, neuter and release programs, to start
      vaccination programs, to employ responsible and caring people in the
      municipal shelters, to provide medical care, general care, food, fresh
      water, enough space and warm, dry places for the dogs in the municipal
      shelters, to start educational and informational programs, to set up a
      humane teaching program for veterinarians and dog catchers and to start
      bringing to justice all those that are acting against the law.

      After all, it is your law, and you all are responsible of seeing to it,
      that it is being implemented!
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