Animal abuse isn’t a main political topic, but maybe it should be. The presidential election in Turkey is now in its final week, and it has been as controversial as you could imagine. The candidates have at each other’s throats, pushing the other on key issues while trying to maintain their own bases of support. This election is a big deal because Turkey just amended their constitution to allow the President to be both head of state and head of government in Turkey, a role previously held by a Prime Minister.
The debates have been heated, especially as the current president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan seems bent on winning the election no matter the cost. The Turkish public fear that he will take over the ballots, making this less of an election and more of a staged event. for the rest of the world.
But then something happened that made both the current president and his political opponents agree – which nobody thought was possible. It all came down to a small puppy, found mutilated in a Turkish forest.
The puppy was left for dead after some sick, twisted person chopped all of its legs and tail off. Thankfully the little dog was discovered still alive, and now its story is going viral all across the country. The forest is located in the Sapanca district, which can be found in the province of Sakarya.
Animals rights were not the main issue with this campaign, but that can change in a second during a heated election. The candidates were forced to consider the issue after this poor little dog was discovered and subsequently shared on social media.
The puppy was alive when it was found, but died during surgery last Friday. Now government officials and those trying to win the election from them are commenting on how important it is to prevent further incidents like this from happening ever again.
President Tayyip Erdoğan informed attendees to a rally this weekend that the police have brought in someone in relation to this case. A construction worker is thought to be the one who committed this horrible crime, but considering the state of Turkey its hard to say how accurate that may be.
“Whether at home or on the street, we will take the law into consideration and evaluate it. This operator was arrested today. The authorities in Sapanca ordered his arrest,” he told the large crowd. “There is nothing acceptable about this, but it is very important to show this awareness.”
According to local animal rights groups, Turkey’s laws in relation to animal abuse are far too lax and not stringent enough to prevent these things from happening. While Turkey has a lot of other issues to sort out, including their now 2-3 year long “state of emergency,” this would be something that the candidates can easily accomplish.
Apparently, an amendment has been proposed for months to parliament, but they haven’t put anything into action. Due to the state of emergency, the government can essentially establish laws and change the current order of things without any oversight so there is no excuse for not accomplishing this goal.
Unfortunately, the current president has already been caught on tape discussing taking over ballot boxes and ensuring his victory through intimidation. If that is the case, chances are not much will change in Turkey for quite a while. Once a country loses control of its political process, there is nowhere to go but down.
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