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Dogs looking for friends

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On April the 29th we received a message that the Siva’s Municipality is now dumping the stray dogs at a garbage dump, 20 kilometres outside of Sivas, without any water or food.

We previously reported the following

The municipal shelter of Sivas, is half finished. Despite many protests, stray dogs are brought to this shelter.

At night, villains enter the shelter through holes in the fencing. Pups are being abused and raped, and afterwards they are killed. Adult dogs are abused. yet, the mayor, who is aware of this situation, chooses not to act. Empty beer bottles are spread around the terrain.

The veterinarian of the shelter, Mr. Zekeriya Guler, also is letting it happen.

These extreme horrible events, have lead to the next poem, written by Ozgun Ozturk:

Today, I give up being human.

Today, I refuse to be called a human.

Today, I do not wish to belong to the same race that calls themselves human, that measure their humanity by the compassion they feel only toward humans…

If your value of humanity:

Is measured by the compassion you feel only toward humans;

If your value of humanity:

Is measured by what people think and the egoistic satisfaction you feel when you help;

If your value of humanity:

Is measured by the help you pursue out of “what would people think otherwise”;

Then please do not call me human.

You, who call themselves humans:

You, who watch their own reflections from the store windows when they walk down the street,

but never see the sick dog on the same street, or simply ignore and look away;

You, who somehow cannot bear to see or hear the violence towards animals, but can very well tolerate to see a person who has raped 80 women, or a person that does anything for money;

You, who do not want to hear when people try to explain how horrible the situation really is, who cannot tolerate to hear the torture, but can very well tolerate all the violence and lack of human values, cheatings, lies on the talk shows on tv.

Please, stay away from me..

Today, I have in front of me, the pictures of the dogs of Sivas Shelter, Turkey.

I keep thinking that I have to control myself.

I have to control myself, because we, the animal-lovers are known to be out-of-control and act out. In every reaction, you can be called a crazy person by the public. And the fact that they never listen, never take you seriously, tell you to stop worrying so much about animals and quit what you’re doing, get a life…

All the dogs were kept in an enclosed open field. This past Tuesday, Jan 25, 2005, a bunch of drunks trespass into the shelter, rape the mother dogs and their puppies, beat the dogs until dead, rip their chests open… The beer and liquor bottles are scattered all around, and nobody understands today what that mother dog feels..

I, being human, cannot understand all of these acts, my heart burns, my soul disintegrates… But what do I need to do? Control myself…


Because the ones who call themselves “human” choose to act like none of this ever happened.

Because they cannot tolerate it

Because they don’t want to see it.

Because they don’t want to hear it.

Because if I lose control, if I exhibit the slightest loss of control, the animals will be the ones to pay again… I will be hurting them in the long run…

So what am I supposed to do?

They are there…

They have been raped till they died.

They were killed…

Their mothers watched…

The mothers took the volunteers to their puppies, showed them the corpses…

These mothers have in their bodies the sperms of the ones who call themselves “human”, and in their souls, agony…

Today, they are there..

You are reactionless..

Because they are not human…

Because caring for them does not give you enough social credibility…

Because in your culture, when you care for animals, that does not make you a “good person, an angel, compassionate”…

In your newspaper columns, you continue to argue “I prefer to help a human child rather than a dog”. You feel you won the debate against animal lovers with an unreasonable and pointless comparison. Triumphantly, you say “I say humans first…”

Did we ask you “who first?”…

The attached pictures were taken in Sivas shelter past Wednesday… Below is the email of the volunteer who saw this first-hand.

I am not asking you “Who first?”. I am only telling you this:

First, the questioning mother in the picture!

First, the babies that were raped!

First, these souls, who don’t have the ability to stand up for their rights like “humans”can..

Today, first, only them…

Ozgun Ozturk


For more pictures, click here