It was my birthday yesterday and instead of going to the pub and drinking all day I thought I would do something worthwhile instead.
The government has proposed changed to the Animal Protection Law which authorises the removal of all stray dogs from the street, limits the number of pets in each house and even recommends the killing of so called ‘dangerous breeds’.
In talking to my friend Banu she explained that a dangerous breed goes by the size of the animal, not necessarily the breed. So therefore a Golden Retriever could be deemed dangerous based on it’s size alone. What’s it going to do? Lick you to death?
I know it sounds like a good way to go but still, there are other issues at stake too. Like if you own one pet then you are not allowed to take care of any others. If your neighbour doesn’t like you, he complain about your pet and the authorities can come and remove it to a so called ‘nature park’ and you will have no say in the matter.
These ‘nature parks’ will be set up in an enclosed woodland area and where before the animal could live off scraps, in there they will effectively starve to death and no doubt the carcass will be picked off by other starving animals.
I have lived in Antalya for 6 years now and not once have I been attacked by a stray dog. A few have barked at me of course but nothing that I felt threatened by. I do laugh sometimes though when some Turkish people get barked at by a dog. By their reaction, you would think that they were about to be attacked by a blood thirsty pitbull.
Maybe educating people not to be so scared of dogs, would be a good way of dealing with this so called ‘problem’.
Here are the photos I took on the march.
Animal Law Protest
Photos from the day of Protest at the new proposed law which authorizes the removal of all stray animals from the streets, limits the number of pets permitted in homes, and recommends the termination of “dangerous” breeds.
And a video of the general scene.
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Hi Bryan, thanks for your comment. Interesting, I hadn't heard of anyone being attacked before. Sometimes I've been barked at quite veraciously but when I made a noise back they have backed off. But as you point out, if people are being attacked then that ain't too good. Perhaps Dazer's are the answer. :-) If you have any photos and a particular tale or two you would like to tell of your journey, I would be happy to let you do a guest post on the blog. If you are interested use the contact us button below and we'll take it from there. Cheers.
I spent three months in Antalya earlier this year. I wasn't there long before I was bit by a dog as I bicycled along the eski tramway tracks just east of Cumhuriyet Meydanı. Luckily I was wearing two pairs of pants (because of the cold) so the bite didn't break the skin. I have since spent another 4 months cycling in Turkey and eventually bought a dog deterent whistle (Dazer?). Dogs are certainly more than just an annoyance in Turkey. In 8 months in Turkey I have learned to be more afraid of dogs than I was before. Your story and mine of course are simply anecdotal. Statistics anyone?