This petition has been started by Occupy for Animals on February 25, 2014 and replaces the one from September 27, 2012. For further information on this petition and more ways to take action, please visit: http://occupyforanimals.wix.com/strays-of-turkey
and the website of Turkey's animal rights activists to stay up-to-date: http://ikimart.blogspot.fr/2014/02/to-attention-of-public-latest-amendment.html
By signing this petition, the message that you can read below will instantly by send to the Prime Minister of Turkey, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, the Environmental Commission and a copy will go to the Council of Europe and the EU
According to a draft document, prepared in secret and that was presented for approval mid September 2012, the Turkish Government intends to abolish the current program of TNR (Trap, Neuter and Return) and it 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).
There is every single reason to believe that those so-called “Natural Parks” will be nothing but death camps of the worst kind.
These parks will just be fenced off areas, probably forests, far from populated areas where hundreds or even thousands of animals will have to fend for themselves as they will be left there to die slow and agonizing deaths without food, and water. Many will die of starvation, others will fight to the death over whatever they can find. They will end up eating each other, like they did in the past. Many will probably suffer terrible injuries from fights over limited food sources and disease will spread through the population like wildfire.
Another crucially important change in the law is the introduction of Breed Specific Legislation. Owners of dogs whose breed is considered dangerous will be forced to surrender their animals to either be killed or incarcerated for life in those “Natural Life Parks”.
Following massive protests in all major cities of Turkey, which where supported by people from all around the world, as well as tens of thousands of signatures collected via petitions and letter send to the Turkish authorities, the Turkish government had halted their evil plans...
Until now, February, 2014 - The Turkish national assembly is again working on an amendment that, if enforced fully, will ban stray animals from living on the streets.
Another regulation that was announced on February 15, 2014 would make it easier to experiment on animals. An excerpt from this regulation includes the following clause:
c) Domestic pets such as cats and dogs that live as strays cannot be used in experiments. Nevertheless, those stray animals can be used in experiments if there is an emerging need for studies on animal health and welfare, if those strays pose a serious threat to environmental safety or human and animal health, or if there is scientific evidence in hand supporting the fact that such a study can only be conducted using stray animals.
Turkey's animal rights activists are deeply concerned about these developments.
Please support Turkey's activists by:
a) signing this petition that will send instand emails to Turkey's Prime Minister, the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, and to the Environmental Commission
b) signing OFA's petition to the Council of Europe, at: https://www.change.org/fr/p%C3%A9titions/council-of-europe-turkey-plans-to-kill-all-stray-animals-2
c) by sending an email to the Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org ), and to the Environmental Commission (email@example.com) expressing why the new amendment and the experiment regulation should be cancelled.
Thank you, in advance, for speaking up for Turkey's homeless animals.
Pia Berrend / Founder & Campaign Manager at Occupy for Animals