in Gaziantep four Asiye Ates, one yearLast week attack by two pitbull dogsHe was seriously injured after the heat. President Recep Tayyip ErdoganSaturday in Gaziantep in his speech stray animals made call, lively discussion started.
While discussions continued, the Ministry of Environment, Urbanism and Climate Change on Monday sent a circular to 81 provincial governorates on stray animals, and the inspection of American Pitbull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasilerio , Japanese Tosa, American Staffordshire Terrier and American Bully Dogs by municipalities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. on request.
In the 17-point circular, it was requested that unclaimed animals be confiscated in cooperation with relevant units and law enforcement, and be taken to animal shelters by municipalities, rehabilitated and kept in retirement homes.
After Erdogan reiterated his call to local governments last week to make shelters their place for stray animals, the hashtag #StreetHayvanlarıHahipsizDeğildir, backed by thousands on social media, remained high on the agenda for a long time. .
Legal objections have been voiced by the animal rights commissions of the Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir bars to the idea that the place of stray animals is shelters. It has been argued that this is also against animal welfare law.
Animal rights organizations and animal lovers have expressed in their social media posts that the collection of stray animals by municipalities from shelters with inadequate conditions and facilities can lead to very serious animal rights violations.
The number of signatures on the petition titled “Animals are the color of our streets, shelter is no solution and we are the voice of the homeless”, which was opened on the petition website change.org , exceeded 60,000 at the time of this news.
What did President Erdogan say?
Addressing the attack on Asiye Ateş in her speech at the collective opening ceremony held in Gaziantep, President Erdoğan said, “There is something interesting. Now these dogs are the dogs of those who have a lot of money. White Turks, take care of your animals. .” However, it was the president’s messages about stray animals that created the greatest controversy.
Erdoğan also inaugurated the Yazıbağı animal shelter in Gaziantep.
Here, the President repeated the message he made during the mayors’ consultation and evaluation meeting held in Kızılcahamam last week: “The place for homeless animals is shelters, not the streets”.
Stating that this shelter will provide an important service in accordance with the instructions he gave, Erdoğan said: “I consider Yazıbağı Animal Shelter as an important service in terms of transporting stray animals from the streets to clean and safe environments. I calls on them to take action quickly,” he said.
Has Bağcılar Municipality collected stray animals?
After President Erdoğan’s speech, it was reported that Istanbul Bağcılar Municipality teams picked up stray dogs and took them to the shelter.
According to the news, which was also confirmed by the municipality of Bağcılar, the teams of the animal shelter and the observation center have collected “injured and dangerous stray dogs” and taken them to the shelter, and the animals have been rescued. first treated by veterinarians.
According to information on Sondakika.com, Bağcılar Municipality Animal Shelter and Observation Center Veterinarian Yunus Giray Özarslan said, “There may be question marks in people’s minds, but the facts are not like that. We do our best not to hurt the animals. he said, said.
He added that their priority is adoption and dogs that have not been able to be adopted for a period of time are released back to where they were taken. He noted that those who are deemed dangerous are kept as “guests”.
“The shelters are deplorable”
However, many animal lovers are concerned about the number, capacity and conditions of shelters where stray animals are kept.
After President Erdoğan’s speech, more than 60,000 animal lovers supported a campaign launched on the change.org website under the title “Animals are the color of our streets, SHELTER is not a cure and we are the voice homeless”.
In the petition, “This cannot be possible when housing conditions are deplorable all over Turkey. The streets are theirs, the world is theirs, they deserve to live just as much as we humans do, and deserve to “to be treated fairly and to have legal rights. They are entrusted to humanity, do not take away their freedom. Love, nurture, let live. Castrated”.
In the hundreds of photos and posts shared on social media over the weekend, concerns were expressed that housing conditions were far from sufficient for the animals’ needs.
Hülya Yalçın, president of the Justice for Animals Association (HAD), one of the many animal rights organizations, claimed that President Erdoğan’s appeal to the municipalities would be the start of a new massacre after the “peaceful island” incident against stray animals in the story. from Turkey.
Yalçın said: “There is not a single shelter in Turkey where dogs live safely, satiated and well,” Yalçın said, adding that it is unacceptable to give the order to round up dogs “under the pretext of a terrible incident and the provocation of some “The shelters are a death camp. We will not allow this.” He argued that animal rights activists should take the lead, saying, “As much as we can afford.”
Yalçın added, “It means escaping responsibility by acquitting municipalities that haven’t done their duty for years and putting the bill on the dogs.”
What the law saysbWhat are the objections of the aro?
There were also statements from the bars of Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir regarding the call for the collection and sheltering of stray animals.
In a written statement made on the Twitter account of the Animal Rights Center of the Ankara Bar Association, it was noted that the statement that the place of stray animals are shelters “clearly violates the law and conscience “.
In the statement by the Ankara Bar Association, which said that “municipal shelters are not living quarters, they are almost death camps”, also referred to the legislation:
“… In accordance with Article 6/4 of Animal Welfare Law No. 5199, which entered into force in 2004, “it is essential that sterilized, vaccinated and rehabilitated animals in observation areas are d first released into the environment they were collected after being registered. Still in accordance with article 7/1-a of the implementing regulations on the protection of animals, the municipalities take the necessary measures concerning the collection of orphaned or weakened animals, their sterilization, their vaccination, the provision and marking of care necessary medical care, returning them to the environment where they were taken, and registering adoptees.
“There is no doubt that under the aforementioned legislation, stray animal habitats are not shelters but streets, contrary to the President’s speech, and that shelters are only ‘temporary care homes’ where stray and debilitated animals are temporarily kept for procedures such as sterilization and treatment.”
Deniz Tavşancıl, head of the Animal Rights Center of the Istanbul Bar Association, speaking to the T24 news site, pointed out that it is a great injustice for the animals to gather all the animals in the streets , based on an attack by a possessed animal. Tavşancıl also opposed the confiscation of stray animals from a legal point of view.
Referring to Article 6 of Animal Rights Law No. 5199, Tavşancıl said, “According to this article, animals live with us on our streets. Animals are taken away for sterilization or treatment purposes only and they are brought back to the same place. Therefore, any collection to be made at this time is illegal and against the law. Municipalities commit crimes,” he said.
Stating that the shelters are not as imagined, lawyer Deniz Tavşancı listed suggested solutions as follows:
“First of all, illegal production, uncontrolled production will end. The second is already in the new law, street animals will be sterilized and registered, and household animals will be registered. This way, when the pets in the house are left behind, it will be revealed who left. The animal that goes on the street will be permanently castrated. We will be more aware. The animals will be fed, feeding points will be set up. This is the job of the municipality.
“It is said in the law and the regulations for the application of the law:” Hospitals, schools, workplaces, restaurants within the limits of their own districts receive the products of the remaining materials. “Municipalities don’t buy any of this. They put out tenders for dry food. They can cook themselves with cauldrons. Thinking like a hungry person, hunger is not an easy thing for the living beings. First of all, you must know that animals are alive.”
The Turkish Bar Union also made a detailed statement on the matter, saying that “animal habitats are nature, not shelters.”