October 21, 2012
Mr Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Stop Turkey’s proposed Death Camps for stray animals!
Dear Mr Prime Minister
We have been shocked and outraged by your governments proposed changes to Turkey’s very comprehensive and ground breaking Animal Rights law 5199.
We believe that the draft document presented to Parliament on 11/09/2012, if passed, would mean a slow and lingering death for all of Turkey’s stray cats and dogs!
This plan which marks a complete U turn in policy in that it intends to abolish the current programme of TNR – Trap, Neuter and Return instead proposes that municipalities round up ALL free roaming animals (dogs and perhaps even cats) and place them in what they are calling ‘Dogal hayat parklari’ (natural life parks) We believe that these parks will just be areas (possibly fenced off) probably in forests, far from populated areas where hundreds or even thousands of animals will have to fend for themselves. Those that don’t die of starvation will probably suffer terrible injuries from fights over limited food sources and disease will spread through the population like wildfire.
At the moment many municipalities do not employ a vet to neuter or treat street animals, some cannot even support the animal shelters in their own areas properly so who is going to care for the animals in these out of the way parks? There will be no way to check on their welfare or even to find out if animals were actually taken there at all or disposed of in some other way!! These “parks” will become nothing but mass death camps!
This proposal is completely unacceptable. It is inhumane and it will solve nothing!
TNR – Trap, Neuter and Return – the only method of stray animal population control endorsed by The World Health Organisation is the only way to solve Turkey’s stray animal problem. The only reason it has not been too successful in Turkey so far is that it has never been implemented and enforced nationally! We urge you to insist that every municipality implements a programme of TNR according to the original 5199 law.
As well as the terrible injustice and suffering caused to all the animals the proposed changes, if they become law will do irreparable damage to Turkey’s image abroad and will have a devastating effect on tourism.
We urge you most strongly to withdraw said proposals immediately.
Kader SevinçKader Sevinc