In Istanbul, 1540 horses are driven on phaetons through the islands. It is against the nature of the horses to run on the paved road and the steep slopes of the Islands. They must run around hungry and thirsty. 800 horses die each year.
Massacre on horseback of phaetons!
According to the Animal Rights Watch Committee (JUDGE) report, there are 272 carriages across the islands and 1540 horses are employed in these carriages.
According to official data, 400 horses die each year in phaeton accidents and/or negligence. According to news from Çiçek Tahaoğlu of bianet; Riding Dying Horses on the initiative Elif Nostril“The number 400 is only the number of horses that the municipality has buried. But we know that injured horses are left to their fate in the forest and that dead horses are seen at the bottom of the sea. We estimate that the number of horses that die each year is around 700 to 800,” he says.
It is not an island custom to break horses into a carriage. In Antalya, Kuşadası, Eskişehir, Izmir and many other cities, the phaeton is still a means of tourist transport. However, the largest holding is in the islands, except for Kınalı Ada. Horses Die InitiativeAccording to 230 of the islands’ 272 phaetons, about 230 are located on Büyükada.
“While the average lifespan of horses is 20 years, working horses employed in a phaeton live 2 years”
Elif Narin, “The average lifespan of horses is 20 years. Horses trained in phaetons, on the other hand, live a maximum of two years after being put into practice,” he explains.
“The islands have very steep slopes. It is against the nature of horses to run on paved roads and steep hills. In summary, it is contrary to the nature of horses to be employed in a carriage on the islands. Also, when the asphalt crumbles, horses stumble and get injured. When they are injured, they are left to die because they can no longer run.
They must be running around hungry and thirsty
Elif Narin says that running horses should not overeat and drink water.
“There is such a thing as ‘creaking’ in horses. If they eat, drink water and run on it, they can feel creaking. That’s why they run around hungry and thirsty. It’s one thing very painful. People line up and then get on and walk around. Pregnant horses are racehorses that have just given birth.
They are transported to the islands by boat.
Narin explains how these horses were brought to the islands:
“Horses bred in various parts of the country are first brought to Kartal. Here they are loaded on boats and transported to the Islands, in crowded boats like slaves… The horse is a very sensitive animal, it can be afraid and throw itself out of the boat, which can be the case. We also learn that injured horses, unable to run, were thrown into the sea. We do not know if they are accurate, but we have seen photos of dead horses on the bottom of the sea.
They rent like a taxi license plate
Narin explains that the phaeton trade was monopolized in Büyükada and phaetons were rented out like a taxi plate:
“All Büyükada phaetons are in the hands of a few people. As taxi license plates are rented, phaetons are also rented. For example, they rent the phaeton for a certain sum for 6 months, and the buyer exploits the horses until death in order to obtain the money they give. The horses stay with the drivers of the carriage. We visited the places where they were staying and saw that there were places that were not suitable for animals or humans. Living conditions with horses are not suitable for human health.
There is no horse health center in Büyükada
Another problem Narin draws attention to is that there is no horse treatment center on the islands, which are famous for their tropicbirds.
“There are horse-drawn carriages everywhere, but there is no center or veterinarian to take care of the horses. Horses are treated as vehicles, phaetons are affiliated with the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and tariffs are determined, but there are no studies on their health. There are constant phaeton crashes in the chaos of electric vehicles, bicycles and phaetons on the islands. When the horse falls and breaks its leg, the shovel is called from the yard and the horse is picked up and thrown into the forest. There he is left to his fate.
Alternative: electric trolley
So what is the solution ? Elif Narin points out that horse-drawn carriages should be phased out first and lists alternative methods of transportation:
“There are many environmentally friendly means of transport. For example, electric phaetons can be used, and electric phaetons are also very nostalgic. Also it’s much cleaner, this option can be used to keep Ada clean. There are also methods such as trams and mini-trains.
He says that in the event of a switch to delicate electric phaetons, horses rescued from phaetons will be able to live there until the end of their lives by improving the conditions of existing barns in the Isles. These are not difficult things at all. (Source: Bianet)
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