“Yurtta Sulh,Cihanda Sulh“ – “Peace in the home country – peace in the world!”
State reform: Parliamentary republic
Government form: Parliamentary democracy
Head of state: Abdullah Gül
Head of government: Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Number of inhabitants: approx. 81 millions between Asia and Europe
Currency: Turkish lira
Foundation: 29.10.1923 founder, Kemal Atatürk
„Turkey – no dream can be nicer!“
For whom this slogan is valid, this is still the big question. For the animals of the country certainly not!!!
Animal welfare act
Since 2004 Turkey has an animal welfare act.
However, this is not worth the paper in reality.
Though the towns and municipalities were obliged to establish animal shelters (castration centres), the money for this must be applied in Ankara, but nobody does it.
And if, the money disappears in other canals or is put into the tourism-business. Turkey lives on the tourism.
This brings the big euro into the country.
The Turk himself assumes from the fact, that an animal has no soul, no angel (high court) comes around to call him and account for mistreating or killing an animal.
Generally the dog is called "It Köpek" this can be translated as "alien".
The few positive examples of animal shelters in Turkey depend on the support of animal welfare organisations of other countries, because they get money for castrations provided.
There is not extra money for treatments of ill animals.
These must be killed or, however, the animal shelters themselves bear the expenses.
The animals are merely castrated and then within the shortest time put back again on the street.
Basically one can say that the misery of the stray dogs in the towns and municipalities is up to the animal-loving of the responsible.
If these don’t like animals, this means for the animals the hell on earth.
Only in Istanbul the number of stray dogs is estimated at 200,000.
The animals and animal welfarists of the city of Beykoz experienced an example, as this hell can look, for over one year.
An animal shelter at which approx. 2000 dogs were well supplied and accommodated was converted overnight by the responsible mayor in a homicide camp. Today just 100 animals live there.
See more: diekillervonbeykoz.wordpress.com
Tourism and animal abuse
Only in the tourist stronghold Antalya in May, 2008, disguised with a supposed rabies case, an unbelievable massacre of 5500 dogs took place.
Those were all slain, poisoned, killed to be buried in common graves.
However, the regulations in rabies cases say that the corpses must be burnt or the graves must be laid out with lime layers to exclude an infection of the ground water.
Nothing of it has happened, also none of the agricultural operations was put under quarantine in this region. The only mistake of these animals was – they were born in a tourist stronghold.
15 million Euros
Another scandal in this thing is the fact that the European Union in 2005 has made 15 million euros available fo rabies prevention in Turkey – where are our dogs, we know, buried to thousands in common graves – where are the 15 millions, nobody knows!!
In a letter of PETA it was asked for clarification.
Especially for this a commission was furnished in Ankara– until this day there came no answer or statement from Ankara where this money has remained.
Because Turkey is defeated by a high epidemic status, the animals which should be brought in an EU country must bring a rabies proof which must be carried out by an EU lab.
Also these animals must spend a quarantine time of 5 months in the country, before they may leave.
This rabies test and the duration of the quarantine mean additional costs for which basically no money exists.
Hence, our aims are
- Support of the state animal homes
- State castration programmes
- Conversion of the valid animal welfare act
- Use of criminal consequences with maltreatments and animal buggery
- Work permit for veterinarians from the whole EU
- Creation of the occupational image „keeper” as well as “dog trainer"
- Clarification and sensitisation of the population
Our slogan: “Yes, we can!”
Pictures and report by Silvia Greene