compassionategirl Posted April 6, 2006 Share Posted April 6, 2006 My parents were born and raised in Turkey. While it has always been known that animal welfare is non-existent there, this takes the cake. Please read and inform yourself of what the despicable Turkish govnt is allowing to happen, and PLEASE take a moment to fire off an email to the govnt officials noted below and express both your disdain and your intention to BOYCOTT Turkey on your next European or Middle eastern vacation: PETA has obtained undercover video footage showing horrible cruelty to beautiful horses at Turkey's government-run Refik Saydam Hygiene Center (RSHC). The video captures shocking images of struggling horses who are violently dragged to the ground with ropes so that their necks can be slashed with a scalpel while they are completely conscious. Workers bind the horses' legs closely to their bodies for restraint and sit on top of the struggling animals to hold them down. Moans of agony and shudders of pain reveal the horses to be fully conscious during the procedure, which sometimes lasts for hours. The horses are left to bleed to death and their bloodied bodies are dragged outside and dumped on the side of the street. This horse's legs are tightly bound with rope.In the United States and Europe, blood is collected from horses just as it's collected from human beings: An intravenous needle is inserted through the skin and into a vein. Horses stand comfortably in a stall during the procedure, and several liters of blood are collected without harming or killing the horses. Anyone who has given blood knows that the experience can be distressing, but it is nothing compared to the anguish experienced by the horses at the RSHC. The video reveals RSHC technicians who cannot or will not make a proper needle insertion and who instead slash the horses' necks in order to expose the jugular vein. There is no excuse for this shoddy and cruel technique. PETA has written to RSHC officials to inform them that this horrific cruelty to horses for serum production will not be tolerated. The RSHC produces horse serum for the government as a cheap but dangerous substitute for human serum in medical products. The United States long ago used horse serum for rabies shots and other antitoxins until it was discovered that horse antibodies lead to a dangerous condition called "serum sickness" in 16 percent of patients. Today, horse blood is increasingly unnecessary for medical use in the U.S., but when it is needed, obtaining it looks nothing like this house of horrors run by the Turkish government. What You Can Do1. Write to RSHC President Dr. Turan Aslan and ask him to stop these cruel procedures immediately: Turan Aslan, M.D., PresidentRefik Saydam Hygiene CenterCemal Gursel Caddesi, No. 1806100 Sihhiye, AnkaraTurkey[email protected] 2. Write to Ahmet Necdet Sezer, the president of Turkey, and tell him that the Turkish government is failing to meet European animal protection standards: His Excellency Ahmet Necdet SezerPresident of the Turkish RepublicCankaya KoskuSehit Ersan Caddesi, No. 14Çankaya, AnkaraTurkey[email protected].tr 3. Please make an urgent donation to support our work for horses and other animals suffering in Turkey and around the world. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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