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Stray Dogs in Istanbul

I didn’t know about gassing of dogs in 1933-34. Good blog !

Sniffing the Past

In 2010, press reports circulated that local authorities in Istanbul were rounding up stray dogs to dump in the city’s forests. Observers lined up to criticise the measures. Animal welfare activist Viktor Larkhill argued that ‘the stray dog situation has become one of the most visible and embarrassing social problems in Turkey. The way we treat our animals is a measure of our stance as a society. We are facing a social wrong, and the only way to deal with such a problem is not to “manage” it, but to solve it.’ Foreign observers have similarly criticised such measures and sought to alleviate the plight, as they see it, of Istanbul’s stray dogs.

There is nothing new here.  In 1910 the newly installed Young Turk regime tried to rid the city of its stray dogs by rounding them up and shipping them off to a deserted island.  Although the authorities…

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