“No reason or logic would accept the attacking stray dog ​​being returned to the same location after 10 days!”

Stray Dog Issues Platform Spokesperson Lawyer Devrim KocakIn a statement to the AA correspondent, he said the platform was created after high school student Mehmet Özer died in January 2019 after being attacked by 25 stray dogs in Kayseri.

Expressing that there is currently a threat of stray dogs on the streets of Turkey, Koçak said people should cross the streets with dogs.walk, try not to step on a mine“He compared.

Recalling that there were people who were injured and even lost their lives after being attacked by dogs, Koçak explained that they had opened an account on Twitter with the username “KopekSorunu” in order to raise the voices of victims and draw attention to this threat.

Stating that they share on social networks and try to create public opinion, KocakHe noted that in a short time, the number of followers reached around 35,000 people.

“There is a legal void regarding stray dogs”

offensive and threatening stray dogsExpressing that there are gaps in the legal regulations regarding the Animal Welfare Law No. 5199He drew attention to the fact that it is based on the Universal Declaration of Animal Rights published by UNESCO.

Stating that there is no such document published by UNESCO, Koçak said: “The reasoning gives examples of countries like Germany, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden, but as we know, these countries do not have a stray dog ​​population like ours. Therefore, the law does not coincide with the realities of life. In this law, domestic, stray and weakened dogs are mentioned, but the attack and threat of stray dogs and the corresponding procedure are not mentioned..” mentioned.

“There is a risk of disease and rabies”

Arguing that it is not possible to try to do public service by volunteers on a subject where human life is at stake, Koçak continued:

“This law has been updated and revised with Law No. 7332 in 2021. The revision has made the situation worse. In the event of a stray dog ​​attack, even if there is injury or death, that dog will be caught, rehabilitated and left in the same place after 10 days. Reason and logic do not accept such a law. There can be no such law. Besides the danger and threat of attack, the risk of rabies and similar diseases and the danger arising from the inability to reach the rabies vaccine are also serious.Animal Protection Law No. 5199 must be amended taking into account hygiene, human health and safety.

“We want this threat to be eliminated”

Stating that even dog owners complain about stray dogs, Devrim Koçak pointed out that such dogs can be found all over the city.

Explaining that although owned dogs are not allowed to board public transport vehicles, Koçak said, “Stray dogs may do so.A stray dog ​​is a danger in itself. He can attack at any time. We cannot ignore: “There is a dog in this street, he can attack”. So where is my freedom to roam and travel the streets and beaches of my country? It’s a big deal if a person is unable to feel safe on the streets, public spaces, and common areas of their country because of stray dogs. Therefore, we want this threat eliminated.‘ he said.

Sterilizing him and releasing him on the street is not a solution.

Kocak, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, “Stray animal houses are shelters, not streets.Recalling his statement, he said municipalities, governorates and the ministry should work on this issue.

Pointing out that after the dog attacks, some animal lover associations shared that there were poisoned dogs, Koçak said:

“In this incident they are trying to put the stray dog ​​issue, which has been on the agenda for children who have lost their lives, off the agenda by intervening and releasing the videos too late to see or warn the suspected poisoner, and early enough to take videos and photos.However, it is a scientific fact that sterilization and other interventions in the short period of 10 days under the name of rehabilitation will not be effective to eliminate or reduce the dog’s aggression.

“People are looking for a place to be heard on stray dog ​​attacks”

Büşra Nur Karadeniz, a member of the Stray Dog Problem platform, said children cannot play safely because there are herds of dogs in the parks.

Stating that 3 children have lost their lives to dog attacks in the last month alone, Karadeniz said: “People are looking for a place to raise their voices on stray dog ​​attacks. At this point, they apply to our platform. When there is an attack, they reach us by direct message from social networks. Recently, our number of subscribers started to increase rapidly..” mentioned.

“We will also try to provide legal support to the victims”

Karadeniz, who wants the stray dog ​​issue resolved as soon as possible, said:

“Even a single stray dog ​​on the street is a danger. We will continue our fight until the provisions of Animal Welfare Law No. 5199, which specifically states that stray dogs are returned to where they were taken by the administration. , are amended. As part of this fight, we are preparing the creation of a website. In this context, we will also continue our fight. We will also try to provide legal support to people who have exposed to dog attacks.

Stating that there are estimated to be around 10 million stray dogs in Turkey, Karadeniz pointed out that the sterilization process, which is suggested as a solution, is an “impossible” process in terms of technique, cost and time. .

Arguing that these measures will not work in dog attacks, Karadeniz added that if an effective solution is not found, an increase in similar attacks will be inevitable.

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