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The people of Turkey fear a new amendment to animal protection law, deemed the 'murder law' by animal activists, will lead to the mistreatment and eventual anguishing death of thousands of stray animals. This amendment calls for the placement of stray

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Gillian M. (218)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 2:41 pm
The people of Turkey fear a new amendment to animal protection law, deemed the ‘murder law’ by animal activists, will lead to the mistreatment and eventual anguishing death of thousands of stray animals. This amendment calls for the placement of stray animals in a ‘natural park,’ located on the outskirts of the city, until they are adopted. It is a major concern of the public that this amendment solely creates an environment that will cater to the government’s inclination to rid the country of stray animals.

This amendment will also dictate the number of pets allowed in a household and recommend the termination of so-called ‘dangerous breeds.’ The Ministry of Forest and Water Management, the government ministry office responsible for the environmental and forestry related affairs in Turkey, will decide, using certain factors including the heath and safety of people or other animals, the environment, and the needs of the breed. Some residents fear they will be forced to give up their own cherished pet.

Further fueling the adverse reactions to the proposed amendment is Turkey’s sordid past with stray dogs. Dating back to 1910, in an attempt to modernize Istanbul, over 40,000 stray dogs were gathered and shipped out to an uninhabited island. Residents could hear their howling for months until they eventually starved to death. In modern times, according to animal rights activists, thousands of stray dogs are fed poisoned meat in an attempt to keep their population down. Even as recently as 2011, more than 100 dogs were rounded up and brought to the forest by Municipal officials and later poisoned. Officials think nothing of the lives of these stray animals, making it difficult to trust that, with this new amendment, the government has their best interest in mind.

In Turkey, and especially Istanbul, people have formed a community with the stray animals, assimilating them into their every day life. It is quite common for store or restaurant owners to feed and care for multiple strays at a time–the locals will often share food scraps or leave out bowls of milk.

These ‘natural parks’ are allegedly an alternative placement for stray dogs and cats when shelters are full. Officials maintain the animals will be well-cared for, but the citizens of Turkey do not believe it. Some even going as far as to say these ‘natural parks’ will end up resembling ‘concentration camps.’ Please sign the petition to stop the ‘murder law’ from going into effect.

Joanne A. (45)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 2:47 pm
Signed and noted. Thanks

Beth S. (330)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 2:56 pm
A lot of living things in Turkey need protection..... Animals, women, children, non-Muslims.

And Obama just wrote to Erdogan a second time asking him for advice on how to raise his daughters.


Thanks for watching out for the dogs of Turkey and other Muslim countries. Islamic countries are horrible places for animals, probably on par with China.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 2:59 pm
Thanks for bringing this to our attention Gillian. The Islamic Turkey's anti-companion animal stance is apparently based on Muhammad's hatred of dogs.

I signed.

Laura Hidalgo (5)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 2:59 pm
Noted and signed.

Isa Villanen (44)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:03 pm
Signed, shared, noted and commented. Thanks.
This kind of legislation will not help Turkey to become an EU nations, and this petition should also be targetting the EU and its legislative organs. EU has very narrow sight, when it omes to animals. And Yurkey does not realize that.

Elizabeth O. (95)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:21 pm

Jennifer Ward (40)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 3:35 pm
Islam calls dogs 'unclean' and 'demons'. I find it odd that people on this site do not recognise the innate cruelty to animals in this religion.

Natasha very busy (708)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:13 pm
What a shame...Thanks 4 posting Gillian.

Kay M. (347)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 4:40 pm
signed, thanks.

Christeen Anderson (643)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 5:09 pm

Melania Padilla (195)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 6:52 pm
Shame shame!!! signed and shared

Marie W. (66)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:19 pm

desanka s. (419)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:24 pm
Absolutely signed, thanks Ge!


Tommy S. (11)
Sunday May 19, 2013, 10:31 pm
noted and signed

Ljiljana Milic (110)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:17 am
Signed & Noted & Thanks for posting and caring Ge.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:21 am
Noted and Signed

Emma S. (238)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:25 am
Done! Thanks, Ge.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:29 am
Samir, You signed on May 20, 2013.

Leslene Dunn (83)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:32 am
Noted and signed - poor poor animals - we are such a disgusting and wicked race and I am really ashamed to be part of it.

Hilary S. (65)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:32 am
one can hope that a gathering of international signatures will have a positive influence. however, i fear turkey's history of animal mistreatment, combined with islam's phobia of dogs in particular, doesn't augur well.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:39 am

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:08 am
Noted and signed.

Monday May 20, 2013, 2:17 am
Done... with hope
Thank you!

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:19 am
noted + signed

PlsNoMessage se (614)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:26 am
Noted and done earlier :-)

Victoria Pohrebna (280)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:32 am
Victoria, You signed on May 19, 2013.

Cinzia Palamara (37)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:51 am
Signed & shared.thanks for posting Ge

Danuta Watola (1266)
Monday May 20, 2013, 2:53 am

Cal Mendelsohn (1056)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:14 am

Melody Long (1)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:20 am
Signed, shared and noted. Thanks.

Amanda Ashworth (2)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:22 am
Signed and sickened.

Anne W. (11)
Monday May 20, 2013, 3:28 am
Signed gladly. I hope it makes a difference.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 4:18 am
Signed and noted.

Claudia Acosta (80)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:12 am

Jill Vickerman (416)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:17 am
Thank you Ge, lets hope that it can make a difference!

Fi T. (20)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:31 am
They're stray, but aren't meant to be killed

Carola May (20)
Monday May 20, 2013, 5:41 am
And our UK Prime Minister, Cameron, told the Turks he was their best friend in Europe and would do all in his power to bring this backward country into the EU. But, then, he and his party want to destroy the EU, so what better way?

Turkey treats its minorities (the few that are left alive) no better than it treats its dogs or its pre-Islamic heritage sites. Like all Islamic dominated states, Turkey has no true freedom of speech, religion, conscience, or press, and those freedoms are not possible under Islamic teachings. The Turks have voted in by a majority this Islamist government, so they asked for all of this. I do feel sorry for the minority of people who are educated and modern-thinking to be stuck in a place that is going backward rapidly.

Muslims in some parts of Europe are killing dogs, attacking people out walking them, and demanding they be made illegal because they are 'offended' by them. Maybe it's time Europe quits tolerating intolerance and only takes in Muslims who are fleeing Islamic oppression and want to be free of it. Perhaps those people would share more common values with the rest of us.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 6:27 am
Signed and noted ! Thank you for sharing.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 7:05 am
Armand, You signed on May 20, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey
Shared on FB. Thank you.

Waltraud U. (81)
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:16 am
done ty

Mary R. (275)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:18 am

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday May 20, 2013, 11:59 am
This "murder law" sounds scarry. I hope it doesn't pass.

Joy M. (33)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:05 pm
Wow - I didn't know the Islamic religion regarded dogs (and cats) this way!! Signed with hope...

S S. (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:11 pm
Signed, thank you.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:13 pm
Magda, You signed on May 18, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey

Gabriella Serafino (97)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:32 pm
Signed with all my love.

Ilona V. (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:33 pm
Thanks. Signed & noted.

S J. (132)
Monday May 20, 2013, 12:59 pm
SJ, You signed on May 18, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Turkey
Noted, thanks GE

End Cruelty Deb W. (145)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:43 pm

Sandra ;atterson (59)
Monday May 20, 2013, 1:48 pm
signed and noted,ty

Kerrie G. (135)
Monday May 20, 2013, 8:53 pm
Noted, thanks.

Past Member (0)
Monday May 20, 2013, 10:02 pm

Stan B. (124)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 3:59 am
Happy to sign. What's wrong with these Islamists?

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 10:14 am
Signed and shared, thank you.

Susan B. (74)
Saturday June 29, 2013, 5:29 am
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