Today, Sunday February 4th, Bekir Coskun, the editor of Hurriyet, the largest circulation newspaper in Turkey, published this harrowing article. We believe it is worth reading and reflecting upon its content.
Turkey is at the crossroads, not only on animal welfare issues. It is time for the nation to choose a path, prosperity and development guided by humane principles or to be continue asserting those well-known prejudices it is fighting so hard to shake. EHDKD
Translation of the column by Bekir Coskun:
Goldi carried his own water and food bowl, leash in his mouth. When it was time for vaccination, he went to the Veterinary Medical Center, himself, with the vaccination certificate in its mouth.
Yesterday, the veterinarians that use to take care of him were crying.
Because Goldi was killed.
Not only Goldi, recently, in many districts of Ankara, Municipalities have been committing mass murders.
In Oran district, that night, 40 dogs were lost.
As our beloved friend, Deniz Biliroglu, has reported, the owners found some of them lying dead on the snow. The rest were lost. The murderers had collected the corpses of the rest.
Goldi was found, dead, in the garden of his own house.
Members of Parliament, higher bureaucrats, live in that district. That is, those who have issued the Animal Protection Law and are responsible for its implementation.
I continue asking: In Turkey every day, blood is being shed. People are continuously killing each other.
Would those criminals with guns in their hands had grown up without love if they have had a dog or a cat when they were children?
Wouldn't a kid, friends of animals that cannot talk be more able to communicate with fellow humans once he grew up?
Isn't loving a bird, a cat or a dog the first lesson to love, to protect and not to mistreat a living soul?
If you show children that killing is a way of establishing peace and comfort, how will the spilling of blood be stopped in this country?
How will murder, death, terror, ever stop?
Children, the owners of Goldi and other dogs and cats have been crying for days. Some of them are still looking for their lost friends in the streets of Ankara.
This is how the stories of murder, cruelty, merciless lack of respect for life begin. Here is how the murderes, the criminals, the people with knifes grow up.
The grown ups are telling children that killing is not bad, can't you see that?
I cannot help remembering Goldi, who was more conscious than the grown ups. He is waiting in front of the door, with the vaccination card in his mouth.