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There has recently been a worldwide uproar over the disposal of an injured street dog in Turkey into a garbage truck, its subsequent rescue, surgery and unfortunately, ultimate death. While Animals Asia was not in a position to actively intervene to help this dog, we did write to the Turkish authorities to voice our concern over its treatment and the level of animal welfare available in Turkey. We would encourage the Turkish government to improve conditions for street dogs and indeed for all animals in their country.
Consulate General of the Republic of Turkey
301, Sino Plaza
255-257 Gloucester Road
4th December 2008
My name is Mark Jones, I am a veterinarian from the UK and Animal Welfare Director for Animals Asia Foundation, a Hong Kong based non-government organisation dedicated to improving the lives of all animals across Asia.
We were very concerned and distressed to hear the story of the dog known as “Karem” or “Jonah”, who was severely injured after being brutally thrown into the back of a garbage truck in the Van municipality. Sadly we hear the dog subsequently died of his injuries in spite of veterinary care.
This is not the first case of this kind to be reported from Turkey. Indeed the needlessly inhumane and cruel treatment of dogs by Turkish municipal workers is graphically documented in the film “Earthlings” (www.earthlings.org) which has won international recognition for its depiction of the brutality inflicted on animals by humankind in a variety of circumstances.
The continued mistreatment of dogs and other animals in this way is attracting international attention, and reflects badly on Turkey and her people and government, as it does on any country and administration where it is perpetrated.
We urge you to persuade the Turkish authorities to take action in the face of this international outrage, to protect and improve the welfare of dogs and indeed all animals.
Mark Jones BVSc MSc(Stir) MSc(London) MRCVS, Veterinarian Animal Welfare Director
Animals Asia Foundation
Tel: (852) 2791 2225
Fax: (852) 6449 0179
Email: [email protected] Web: www.animalsasia.org