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People unite against slaughter of animals

May 13, 2006

Animal rights rally in Ankara attracts hundreds,
 with all condemning the slaughter of stray dogs

ANKARA - Turkish Daily News

The Association for the Protection of Nature and the Environment (DOÐÇEV) held an animal rights rally in Ankara on Friday, condemning the recent slaughter of stray animals.

Animal rights activists and concerned citizens gathered at Ankara's Abdi Ýpekçi Park at noon. Among those present were celebrities Ediz Hun, Yonca Evcimik, Bekir Coþkun and Pakize Suda.

DOÐÇEV President Behiye Eryýlmaz made a speech during the rally, arguing that the recently passed animal rights law was not practical. The law needs to be supported by regulations. The municipalities need to implement policies to protect the animals.

Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) President Sinan Aygün commented that he had a dog, adding: I love my dog as if he were my own child; however, no one is listening to us. If you want to make your voices heard, you have to go to the IMF or the European Union, so that they'll tell what Ankara to do.

Protestors held placards featuring photos of slain animals and slogans such as Love will prevail over violence, We were shot at and killed, but our love for you will never end and Municipalities, don't become murderers.

A message from Brigitte Bardot was read during the rally. Many of those present could not hold back their tears.

There have been reports and photos of slain dogs dumped in garbage tips, sparking considerable public uproar. Most blame the municipalities for the organized killing of stray dogs.


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