I just received this bad news from Turkey.
Please send protest by mail to the Turkish government.
Sample letter and e mail addresses attached.
Animal friendly regards,
Stichting ActieZwerfhonden (StraydogsCampaign Foundation)
Turkish Government is preparing to issue an amendment to the present Animal Protection Law which dictated that all stray animals be neutered and released back to their territory. The amendment which is signed by the PM Erdogan and submitted to the parliament for approval, abandons neuter and return and states that all stray animals will be collected by municipalities to be neutered and kept in shelters until the shelters are too crowded then to be released to “natural life parks” which will be run by municipalities in areas allocated for this purpose by the forest ministry.
The pictures below are from different municipality shelters in Turkey. We don’t believe the mentality which keeps animals in such “death camps” will be able to look after thousands of animals in what they call “natural life parks.” The way municipalities handle dogs for years is a clear proof that what they call natural parks will turn into dump areas where dogs will either starve to death or kill each other because of starvation.
The animal protection law which was issued in 2004 obliged municipalities to neuter and return stray animals to their territories and clearly forbid release of animals out of the city. In practice, the speed of neutering was very slow and inefficient and most of the neutered animals were returned not to their territories but dumped out of the city to forests and by highways. Only a few were brought back to their territories. Nevertheless with the help of campaigns of animal protection organizations there was a noticable change in awareness about stray animals, and an increase in tolerance towards them.
With the issuance of the latest amendment, we will be back in square one. The animals which found a territory in streets and parks will be collected to be dumped in isolated areas or locked up in terrible shelters. The slight hope as to a humane solution to the stray problem is destroyed now. Days of massacre of innocent souls is about to begin.
Please help this death sentence for all strays be changed before it is sent to the parliament. Make your protest be heard by the Turkish government by writing to the Ministry of Forests, Prime Ministry and the parliament commission for environment in the mail addresses below:
Evsiz Hayvanlari Koruma Dernegi
 English version letter of protest
Dear Mr. Prime Minister and Members of Parliament,
I am a frequent visitor to your country and support the tourism industry. The reason I travel to Turkieye is because of its tolerance, compassion and sophisticated view regarding so many important issues. Most impressive of all, is the recent progress that has been made by caring individuals in the private, charitable animal protection organizations. Because of the continuing efforts to improve the implementation of the 2004 national spay/neuter and release law, the animal protection groups have made your country the leader and a model of the region.
Please do not end the progress that is being made! It is too soon to change the law by requiring local municipalities to capture the stray street dogs because there has not yet been enough training of local veterinarians in proper surgical techniques, and there has not yet been enough training and financial support to build humane shelters — which are necessary to making this effort a success.
The private charitable organizations are continuing to help train and support the improvement of the public shelters, but the municipalities are not yet ready to assume this responsibility. The premature amendment will result in the suffering and unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of dogs.
The native dogs in your country are beautiful, unique [genetically] and a national treasure. Please protect the street dogs but do not allow them to be destroyed by improper capture, cruel confinement and careless dumping to remote and inappropriate areas – where the animals will starve or be subjected to abuse.
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 Turkish version to be send to the e mail addresses mentioned above
Sayin Basbakan ve Millet Vekilleri,
Ben ulkenizi cok sik ziyaret eden ve turizm sektorunuzu destekleyen bir kisiyim. Turkiye’ye seyahat etmemin nedeni, ulkenizin bircok konudaki sabirli, merhametli ve olgun yaklasimidir. En etkileyici olan da hayvan koruma organizasyonlarindaki insanlarin cabalari sonucunda bu alanda kaydedilmis olan gelismedir. Hayvan koruma gruplari, 2004 yilinda cikan “kisirlastir/asilat/yerine birak” yasasinin uygulanmasini saglamaya calisarak Turkiye’yi bolgesindeki lider ulke konumuna getirmislerdir.
Lutfen, kaydedilen bu gelismeye son vermeyin. Henuz kamu veterinerleri operasyon teknikleri konusunda yeterli egitimi almadan ve insani barinaklar yapmak icin yeterli egitim ve finansal kaynak olmadan, kanunda sokak hayvanlarinin toplanmasini emreden bir degisiklik yapmak icin cok erkendir.
Hayvan koruma alaninda faaliyet gosteren sivil toplum kuruluslari, kamu barinaklarinin daha iyi kosullara kavusmasi icin yardimci ve destek olmaya calismaktadirlar. Fakat ne yazik ki, yerel yonetimler henuz bu sorumlulugu almaya hazir degildir. Sozkonusu kanun degisikligi yuzlerce kopegin aci cekmesine ve gereksiz yere olmesine neden olacaktir.
Ulkenizdeki yerli kopek irklari genetik olarak biriciktir, guzeldir ve milli servettir. Lutfen sokak hayvanlarini koruyun ve onlarin yanlis yakalama, gaddarca hapsedilme ve uzak ve yasamalari icin uygun olmayan alanlara atilmalarina izin vermeyin.