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Poisonings as population control

To Whom It Concerns,

It has come to my attention that your community officials have proposed a decidedly cruel and exploitative manner to reduce “homeless” animal numbers. In efforts to curtail a stray population, you are challenging any security extended to animals as stipulated in the Animal Protection Act, and are instead recommending an immediate and public slaughter to address this issue, and I am asking that you cease such a barbaric plan.

Please allow me to elaborate. While all countries engage in animal production distinguishing animals as commodities rather than sentient beings, in response to international concerns relative to animal conditions and treatments, progressive governments are promoting greater visibility to preclude allegations of misconduct and brutality. Unfortunately, you are asking that the global audience apathetically regard this proposed killing as a necessary and logical solution. Addressing animals as targets of abuse, however, is inherently inhumane and barbaric given that it substantiates the precept of animals as products, speciesism, rather than fundamentally equal and deserving of compassion and lives free from exploitation and suffering. To aspire to such an a principled and equitable foundation should be the goal of all societies, and you should thus refuse participation in any event that incurs such cruelty on animals, and in this situation particularly cats and dogs who hold such international recognition, respect, and compassion.

Rather than choose complicity in the savage treatment of animals, your communities can avoid any potential global boycotts by observing compassion instead. This can be achieved by establishing and practicing humane animal welfare standards, including the immediate cessation of random and vicious poisonings, law enforcement freedom to investigate perpetrators of crimes against animals, strict penalties for those guilty of harming animals, and shelters for spaying, neutering, and medical purposes. Furthermore, I ask that you be willing to accept volunteer and international assistance, and to cultivate an ideal societal philosophy with regard to animals: one that acknowledges animals as sentient beings, like humans, and worthy of empathy, compassion, and respect.

Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.



To Whom It May Concern,

I am gravely disturbed to learn of the deliberate poisoning of stray animals {in Turkey}. This is not an isolated incidence and factually represents an indefensible, ongoing campaign conducted by the community in direct opposition to established protocols and law to address the growing population of homeless animals. Indeed, although Animal Welfare Law 5199 explicitly stipulates that killing or injuring any homeless animal is illegal and will be answered with strict penalties, given the transparent nature of these killings and the lack of official intervention and termination, it is obvious that municipal approval has been extended to support such. As such, I am demanding immediate intervention to protect these animals and criminalize the people responsible for such blatant cruelty.

Allow me this moment to elaborate. Animals are sentient creatures who, as humans, experience joy, loneliness, fear, and pain. As humans, we unethically elevate ourselves to a status of superiority over all other beings, thereby rationalizing the brutality to which we subject them. We embrace this position as an elite class of six billion individuals, adopting euphemistic descriptions and apathetic banalities to justify this inequity. Speciesism, the discrimination of other beings, is a dangerous precept on which to stand, as immoral as sexism and racism; when human animals allow the exploitation and killing of 60 billion non-human animals globally and annually, we have become a group willingly complicit in such brutality, apathetic and selfish, disguising such maliciousness as excusable necessity, which is not only grossly unjust and immoral, but it is also exceedingly wrong.

Ours is not a challenge to be regarded as humans against humans but rather as a welcomed obligation, indeed privilege, to maintain an international attitude of compassion and justice to our non-human animal friends. We do not gain power or control by degrading animals but rather we desensitize ourselves to all cruelty and victims become mere numbers, statistics, or unethical financial means. Objectifying animals by condoning their abusers’ violent acts or rejecting animals as undeserving of empathy and respect only erodes our capacity for humaneness towards all living creatures.

It is impossible to contemplate supporting any country, via tourism or commerce, that excuses such blatant animal cruelty; as a direct consequence, the global community, refusing to defend this maliciousness, will condemn any further exploitation through personal boycotts. Ours is not an ambiguous request; you should understand that further killing will prove not only socially unacceptable but also financially irresponsible. As such, please provide immediate relief for these innocent animals and instead be a representation of animal compassion and strive to foster an ideal whereby animals are respected and empathized by your citizens. Allocate resources to construct shelters; implement sterilization and vaccination programs to prevent homeless populations and colony disease outbreaks; accept local and international advice and assistance; implement laws addressing current legal vulnerabilities; and enforce existing laws establishing animal cruelty as criminal.

I hope this letter finds you willing to scrutinize both your own involvement in the intentional exploitation of animals and your desire to therefore protect, rather than harm, them. Thank you for your attention to this urgent issue.


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