from Animal Lover 10/02/2012 @ 9:51pm
I appreciate your efforts in bringing these issues to our group because there are some here I have never heard about and without this group share wouldn't have the opportunity. Happy to help as much as can.
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Written by Ataturks Republic
This is old news by now, but I love Turkish street animals (sokak hayvanlarÄ± too much to not comment on the controversies surrounding the proposed new animal control bill. Currently, there are very few regulations regarding stray animals in Turkey. The primary option available to local municipalities in dealing with their stray animal populations is to catch, spay/neuter and release. The law forbids the killing or torture of animals, but the vast majority of animal abuse cases go unpunished. Even if an animal abuser does face prosecution, punishment for such an offense only amounts to a misdemeanor fine, akin to property damage. Anecdotal evidence suggests that lacking fear of prosecution, some municipalities have resorted to poisoning street dogs in an effort to reduce their numbers.
Both the government and Turkish animal lovers agree new animal abuse laws and control regulations are desperately needed. The proposed new regulations would increase punishments for animal abusers, a measure which all parties involved support. However, the bill also contains a controversial measure for controlling existing populations of street animals. The bill would create “natural habitat parks” for stray animals, akin to permanent, outdoor animal shelters. Stray animals would be rounded up and given a home in one of these parks. Many Turks, especially residents of Istanbul, believe this measure is simply a redux of a 1910 Ottoman urban renewal campaign. The streets of late Ottoman Istanbul were ruled by packs of street dogs. In an effort to rid Istanbul of these menacing dogs and modernize (read: Europeanize) the city, Ottoman official rounded up the dogs and stranded them on a desert island in the Marmara Sea. Mark Twain reported that the pathetic howls of the starving animals kept residents of Istanbul awake at night for numerous days afterward. Opponents of the bill argue that the parks would amount to animal “concentration camps” and have dubbed the bill “the law of death.”
Protests against the bill were concentrated in Istanbul but broke out in other Turkish cities and towns as well. Protesting Turks and ex-pats living in Turkey alike voiced the opinion that Turkish street animals are well cared for and cherished by the residents of the neighborhoods which they haunt. From my observations of the life of Turkish street dogs and cats, I must politely disagree with the rosy picture painted by Finkel and others. It is true that is very common to see residents feeding street animals, especially cats. However, accounts of their overall health and well-being are greatly exaggerated. The vast majority are noticeably underweight and most have some sort of obvious health problem. Skin conditions dominate but it is not uncommon to see an an animal with an untreated injury or other medical condition. The quotidian nature of these sights did not make it any easier for me to pass a suffering animal and know there was very little I could do for it. Nor are Turkish street animals universally beloved. The majority of non-secular Turks I have met are afraid of dogs. This fear does not just extend to semi-feral street dogs, but to the tamest of leashed Golden Retrievers. I once witness a grown man jump a foot straight in the air after he was startled by a puppy. My experiences lead me to suspect that there is a silent majority of Turks who would be more than happy to see their city rid of street dogs. Bursa, the fourth largest city in Turkey, successfully implemented a system of animal sanctuaries analogous to the proposed parks. There are still street animals in Bursa but far fewer per capita than in other cities. If- and that’s a big if- a system like the one currently in place in Bursa could be implemented, Turkey’s street animals would be much better off. That said, the proposed legislation is still far from perfect. It fails to deal with the underlying problems that create populations of strays such as unregulated breading. Without addressing the root sources of Turkey’s street animal populations there will be no humane solution this centuries-old problem.
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PETITION: JUSTICE FOR ANIMALS IN TURKEY
President of Turkey; Grand National Assembly of Turkey; 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
We urge you to integrate the necessary ameliorations (more powerful sanctions for everyone as well as for children and such children's families and rehabilitation services for these people) into the current Turkish Animal Rights and Protection bill.
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PETITION: SUPPORT THE NEW ANIMAL PROTECTION LAW IN TURKEY
CHP deputies propose animal rights draft law
Republican People’s Party (CHP) Istanbul deputies Umut Oran and Melda Onur have prepared a draft law that includes important amendments to the Animal Protection Law.
Oran proposed prison sentences ranging from one to six years for those found guilty of mistreating animals, applying torture, leaving them without food or water, neglecting the care of their own animals and for those who kill stray animals.
The deputy said he was commemorating his dog Oskar, who died in 2007 after being in Oran’s care for 16 years. Oran and Onur held a press conference to explain the amendments. Animal Rights Federation (HAYTAP) Ankara representative Oya Tekvar was also present at the conference.
Oran said Turkey had many problems, one of which was that those who mistreated animals were not punished."
“The protection of animals is very important. Like Rumi says, animals are silent witnesses of cruelty. Even if they remain silent now, they will definitely have a say after death,” he said.
Oran added that he had spent 95 percent of his life with animals so he knew their sufferings very well.
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The massacre of innocent animals... everywhere. Signed. TY Monika!
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signed, thank you Monika
Agree with you both.
It's a worldwide tragedy.
Agree Jan. Its so very sad.
Globally there are some 600 million dogs, and a similar number of cats, of which an estimated 80% are stray or unwanted. Imagine how many of them will be killed, slaughtered...
Signed. Massacred in Turkey, stuffed into gas chambers in US and quietly murdered behind closed doors in UK - all still ends the same way in death for dogs. All is caused by the same selfish callous people the world over. Until some Government steps in and makes a decision to ban breeders,puppymills and puppy farms and implements a spey and neuter strategy with real teeth this will be an infinite end result for dogs everywhere. People discard their dogs like they discard their trash, which means those people should never have been allowed to have a dog.
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signed. thank you, monika.
Signed. Thank you Monika !
Okey Doke only a few more and I will be all caught up on this thread.
Thank you Monika, signed.
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signed! thank you.
Signed. Thanks Monika
all done. thank you, monika dear.
All petitions previously signed or signed today ! Thank you Monika and Desanka, of course.
Thank you Monika and Desanka !!
Action taken! TY Monika.
done. thanks, dear.
no killing, no torture of animals
All noted and signed (some closed) current Monika :0 Thanx Desanka, Lenicka, Gabriella and Dianne
everything done, and gladly. thnk you so much monika and desanka.
Monika, Lenicka, Gabriela, Dianne... all dear friends THANK YOU! Turkish government is preparing disaster for the street animals.
ONE MORE PETITION
Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism: Stop poisoning stray dogs and cats to "clean up the streets"!
PETITIONS - PLEASE SIGN!!!
TURKEY PLANS TO KILL ALL STRAY ANIMALS!
THE PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY: STOP TURKEY’S PROPOSED DEATH CAMPS FOR STRAY ANIMALS!
PRIME MINISTER OF TURKEY: PLEASE DROP THE 2012 AMENDMENT
STOP TURKEY’S ANIMAL “MURDER LAW” FROM GOING INTO EFFECT
SAY NO TO THE NEW LAWS PERTAINING TO THE STRAY ANIMALS OF TURKEY. SAY NO TO THE MASS EXTERMINATION OF STRAYS DOGS AND CATS! (Facebook)
Thank you for caring! Desanka
Do legislators hate animals in Turkey?
Today stray dogs and cats continue, as they have for centuries, to form part of the unique makeup of Istanbul and many other Turkish cities.
However, lives of the Turkish animals are full of contradictions...
On one side, the streets are filled with stray dogs and cats. Turkey is one of the places where humans have a higher degree of tolerance towards street animals. People usually feed them and help if they are injured or sick.
On the other side, 1910, in the so-called "Great Dog Massacre" Turkish government tried to "dispose" of the city dogs by shipping as many as they could to Hayirsiz Ada, a nearby deserted island where they died a horrible death, without food and water, forced to eat each other until there were none left.
The horrors of those "deportations" can happen again.
If you would like to to improve the daily lives of Turkish stray animals with a small donation
Thank you Monika
signed! thank you!
good news. i hope they win. signed.
Habitat Park or 'Animal Concentration Camp'?
Istanbul (CNN) -- It's been more than a century since Istanbul's
> residents were kept awake at night by the howling of tens of thousands
> of stray dogs.
> The dogs were rounded up and shipped to a deserted island in the
> Marmara Sea where they starved to death -- all part of a
> government-led effort to modernize Istanbul.
> But the stories surrounding the so-called "Great Dog Massacre of 1910"
> are still fresh in the minds of Turkey's animal rights activists.
> Today, these activists are staging massive protests against a proposal
> to create "natural habitat parks" for stray cats and dogs in Turkey's
> urban areas.
> full story:
we will not give up! thank you, gabriela for the sad update.
no comment ...
Sadly our celebrations yesterday were rather premature!
İt seems that the newspapers here jumped the gun somewhat yesterday with headlines like 'Gov't withdraws controversial amendment to animal protection law' and 'Gov't steps back in bid to amend animal rights law'. Although technically these two headlines were correct we were led to believe that the 'Death law' as it is now widely being called, had been withdrawn but in fact it was an earlier draft proposal presented in February by Mr Umit Oral that has been withrawn for further discussions, NOT the proposal presented last month by The Minister for Forestry and Water Prof. Veysel Eroglu which includes the planned 'natural life parks' (Death Camps) and unacceptable breed specific legislation.
The later amendment proposal is still going to be Presented for deliberation by the Government's Environment Commission, so all Turkey's stray animals are still in grave danger!
PLEASE keep those signatures coming! Sign-share-tweet-email- just tell EVERYBODY!!!!
We cannot allow this amendment to become law!!
thank you, both. this is fantastic news!
Wonderful news! Noted with hope. Thank you Lenicka and Dianne!
Thanks for the great update Lenicka and Dianne !!
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Hi there, Fantastic news!! The Turkish government has withdrawn its controversial draft law that would have brought amendments to the current animal rights law following nationwide protests and petitions. The bill was expected to be discussed in Parliament’s Environment Commission, but was withdrawn before deliberations even started. Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Turkey and across the world on foot or with a pen. The draft will be re-introduced after some changes but the government now have had a clear message that people will not accept an inhunmane law! Thank you so much for signing and letting the government know how strongly you feel about this. This may not be the end of this subject but it is a huge victory all the same. THANK YOU
Lenicka, thats great thanks for the posting.
wow, lenicka! i am so excited and delighted with this news! thank you so much for posting this!
The Turkish government has withdrawn its controversial draft law that would have brought amendments to the current animal rights law following nationwide protests and petitions.
The bill was expected to be discussed in Parliament’s Environment Commission, but was withdrawn before deliberations even started.
Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Turkey and across the world on foot or with a pen.
The draft will be re-introduced after some changes but the government now have had a clear message that people will not accept an inhunmane law!
( I will look for a link. This is a message on LinkedIn from Valentina Pota )
i am so impressed, lenicka. it is so beautiful to see so many people speaking out for the animals. thank you so much for posting this! it makes my heart feel good.
Wow! So impressive, so moving! Thank you, dear Lenicka for sharing.
Turkish Activists stage the World’s largest No Kill Demonstration
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both done. thank you, dear.
Both signed. Thank you Monika!
Stop dog poisoning in Turkey
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Signed Lenicka! Thanks
Great Video Gabriela!
Signed on September 25, 2012 and shared. Thank you Lenicka!
signed lenicka. thank you.
Signed of course!
of courde signed. thank you, monika dear.
Thank you Monika, noted with HOPE! New petitions are signed.
Well done !!
Thousands march against amendment to Animal Protection Law
More than 10,000 people marched in Istanbul's Taksim neighborhood against a draft law on Sunday that would make changes to Turkey's Animal Protection Law
30 September 2012 / TODAY'S ZAMAN, ISTANBUL
Thousands of animal rights activists marched against a draft law on Sunday that would make changes to Turkey's Animal Protection Law No. 5199, seeking to
introduce practices currently used in other countries such as collecting stray
animals from the streets and euthanizing members of the "excess" population.
More than 10,000 people marched in Istanbul's Taksim neighborhood, and many
others walked in 13 other cities, in protest of the planned changes. The media
didn't cover the event extensively during the day, as the congress of the
Justice and Development Party (AK Party), also held on Sunday, stole the show,
at least on television screens. Social media users, however, provided equal
Bünyamin Salman, a member of the Animal Party, said what the government is
attempting is reminiscent of what the Committee of Union and Progress (CUP)
government did 102 years ago when it gathered up stray dogs and left them to
starve to death on an island in the Marmara Sea. The pained howls of the dogs
could be heard from land, according to local memory, and many disasters that hit
Istanbul, including the Balkan War and a major earthquake, were blamed on the
treatment of the city's dogs.
"We have lived in our cities with stray animals for centuries," Salman said.
The thousands who gathered in Taksim, mostly in black outfits, on Sunday
afternoon shared his message: Turks will not give up their stray animals to be
isolated or euthanized. There were simultaneous protests in 13 other cities,
although officials have mostly been silent on the matter. Photos of the crowded
Taksim Square and demonstrations in other cities were posted on Twitter by
participants, with two animal rights-related hashtags taking second and third
place -- after the AK Party congress -- on Twitter's trending topics list for
Turkey for much of the day.
In addition to ignoring demands that had been voiced by the animal rights
community, such as the banning of dolphin parks or the introducing of tough
rules against the breeding and selling pets, the draft introduces new practices
such as isolating the city's stray animals and relaxing regulations on animal
testing. Animal rights groups have labeled the proposal "the law of death."
The draft came as a shock to the country's animal activists as it was presented
to the prime minister after he and representatives of the country's major animal
rights groups had met.
Officials say the animals taken off streets will be cared for at "natural life"
parks, but Turkey's experience with shelters and rehabilitation centers and the
sheer number of animals on the streets due to municipalities consistently
ignoring laws on spaying and neutering strays make this physically impossible.
Hundreds gathered in other cities. "No to the bloody law!" read a protester's
banner in Mersin. "God gave them life; only God can take it," read another
banner in Adana. "Leave strays alone," read a banner in Bursa. In addition to
these cities, there were demonstrations in Izmir; Mugla, with a separate one in
Mugla's Ortaca district; Antalya, with and a second one in Antalya's Kas
district; Eskisehir; Giresun; Tekirdag; Aydin, one in the center and one in the
Kusadasi district; Samsun; Kocaeli; Çanakkale; Adapazari; Alanya; Konya;
Denizli; Bolu; Usak; and Zonguldak.
A massive protest is being planned to be held in Ankara on Oct. 7. Four other
cities -- Kocaeli, Trabzon, Kayseri and Balikesir -- are also planning
demonstrations for that date.
Parliament is due to open on Oct. 1, and the draft is expected to be among the
first pieces of legislation to be discussed.
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Prime Minister of Turkey: please drop the 2012 amendment
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Signed, of course. Thank you dear Monika!
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Thank you Gabriela
Both signed. Thanks Monika.
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