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Animal Rights Advocates Speak Out in Mersin: “Live Animal Trade Must Be Banned”

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The Independent Collective for Animal Rights and Animal Rights Investigation Committee issued a press release after a NADA ship coming from Brazil and reportedly carrying 25 thousand 175 cattle in adverse conditions arrived at Mersin Harbor.

The meeting held at Mersin Journalists Association headquarters and attended by Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mersin MPs Fikri Sağlar and Serdal Kuyucuoğlu called for a complete ban on the live animal trade.

Authorities had declared that 975 thousand live animals would be brought to Turkey from different countries by the end of 2018. Animal rights activists had argued that universal principles are not observed in animal transportation, and that present conditions constitute animal cruelty as well as a threat to public health.

The ship set sail despite court order

A local court in Brazil had ruled against the embarkation of the ship for reasons stated in the report, whereas authorities in Turkey had not even allowed the ship to be searched, the press release stated.

“Despite the court’s cease and desist order obtained in the case filed in Brazil against the NADA ship for all of these reasons, politics and trade have joined hands to overcome the judiciary and have the ship set sail, while an official complaint issued by the Mersin Bar Association in Turkey failed to lead legal authorities to act or to allow for an independent committe to conduct an inspection in the ship.”

Hundreds of thousands of animals will be carried in worse conditions

Animal rights advocates called relevant ministried to action:

“This will not be the first nor the last death journey. News that 975 thousand live animals will be carried under atrocious conditions from various different countries to Turkey by the end of 2018 has already been covered by the media. We condemn all countries, foremost Brazil, engaging in live animal trade and urge the Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry to put an end to this bloody trade immediately. We call on the public in Turkey to not be a party to these crimes, and to respect sentient animals’ right to life.” (ÇT/PU)

Animal Rights Advocates Speak Out in Mersin: “Live Animal Trade Must Be Banned”

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The Independent Collective for Animal Rights and Animal Rights Investigation Committee issued a press release after a NADA ship coming from Brazil and reportedly carrying 25 thousand 175 cattle in adverse conditions arrived at Mersin Harbor.

The meeting held at Mersin Journalists Association headquarters and attended by Republican People’s Party (CHP) Mersin MPs Fikri Sağlar and Serdal Kuyucuoğlu called for a complete ban on the live animal trade.

Authorities had declared that 975 thousand live animals would be brought to Turkey from different countries by the end of 2018. Animal rights activists had argued that universal principles are not observed in animal transportation, and that present conditions constitute animal cruelty as well as a threat to public health.

The ship set sail despite court order

A local court in Brazil had ruled against the embarkation of the ship for reasons stated in the report, whereas authorities in Turkey had not even allowed the ship to be searched, the press release stated.

“Despite the court’s cease and desist order obtained in the case filed in Brazil against the NADA ship for all of these reasons, politics and trade have joined hands to overcome the judiciary and have the ship set sail, while an official complaint issued by the Mersin Bar Association in Turkey failed to lead legal authorities to act or to allow for an independent committe to conduct an inspection in the ship.”

Hundreds of thousands of animals will be carried in worse conditions

Animal rights advocates called relevant ministried to action:

“This will not be the first nor the last death journey. News that 975 thousand live animals will be carried under atrocious conditions from various different countries to Turkey by the end of 2018 has already been covered by the media. We condemn all countries, foremost Brazil, engaging in live animal trade and urge the Food, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Ministry to put an end to this bloody trade immediately. We call on the public in Turkey to not be a party to these crimes, and to respect sentient animals’ right to life.” (ÇT/PU)

Xinhai Mining Research & Design Test Center Awarded CNAS Certification

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YANTAI, China, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Recently, Mining Research & Design Test Center of Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Co., Ltd. obtained the approval of China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment, CNAS. This demonstrates that Xinhai Mining Research & Design Test Center has: Gained recognization by national and regional laboratory accreditation institutions […]

Baccarat Hotel New York Named Five-Star Hotel By Forbes Travel Guide in Its Official 2018 Star Rating Announcement

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NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Baccarat Hotel New York as a new Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. Baccarat Hotel New York is one of only two New York City hotels to receive the Five-Star award since 2016, and will be showcased with all […]

Erdoğan: Operation Would Already Be Over if We Hadn’t Minded Civilians

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President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spoken at AKP Extended Provincial Chairs Meeting.

Some highlights from Erdoğan’s speech is as follows:

“We are doing a lot of calculations”

“We’ve done everything we can for the 3.5 million guests in our country to return to their homes. However, we’ve seen that the terrorism in Syria has reached our lands.

“As of this morning, we’ve neutralized 1,873 terrorists and take control of 415-kilometer square area.

“We are trying to figure out how we can have the people of the region go back to their own lands. We’re doing a lot of calculations beside that”.

“New strategy after besieging Afrin”

“After besieging Afrin and cutting contact of the terrorists with the outside, we will carry on with the operation with a new strategy.

“Hopefully we will clear Afrin and ensure that hundreds of thousands of residents return to their country”.

“You immoral, unscrupulous person…”

“What saddens us most is the hypocrisy, or even frivolity of some countries which we see as ally.

“A spokesperson for the minister of defense [Pentagon Spokesperson Adrian Galloway] of one of these countries says without any shame that civilians have been killed in Afrin and people cannot return to their homes due to violence.

“You immoral, unscrupulous person. You don’t feel any discomfort with hundreds of children, women, elder people, civilians being murdered every day in East-Ghouta, but you feel discomfort with this fight against terrorists.

“If we hadn’t minded civilians in Afrin, this operation was already over”.

“This summer will be warm”

“We will first clear Manbij from terrorists, and then we will continue our operation in order to secure the eastern Euphrates.

“It appears that this summer will be warm for both terrorists and their supporters”. (EKN/TK)

Erdoğan: Operation Would Already Be Over if We Hadn’t Minded Civilians

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Click to read the article in Turkish/Kurdish

President and Justice and Development Party (AKP) Chair Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has spoken at AKP Extended Provincial Chairs Meeting.

Some highlights from Erdoğan’s speech is as follows:

“We are doing a lot of calculations”

“We’ve done everything we can for the 3.5 million guests in our country to return to their homes. However, we’ve seen that the terrorism in Syria has reached our lands.

“As of this morning, we’ve neutralized 1,873 terrorists and take control of 415-kilometer square area.

“We are trying to figure out how we can have the people of the region go back to their own lands. We’re doing a lot of calculations beside that”.

“New strategy after besieging Afrin”

“After besieging Afrin and cutting contact of the terrorists with the outside, we will carry on with the operation with a new strategy.

“Hopefully we will clear Afrin and ensure that hundreds of thousands of residents return to their country”.

“You immoral, unscrupulous person…”

“What saddens us most is the hypocrisy, or even frivolity of some countries which we see as ally.

“A spokesperson for the minister of defense [Pentagon Spokesperson Adrian Galloway] of one of these countries says without any shame that civilians have been killed in Afrin and people cannot return to their homes due to violence.

“You immoral, unscrupulous person. You don’t feel any discomfort with hundreds of children, women, elder people, civilians being murdered every day in East-Ghouta, but you feel discomfort with this fight against terrorists.

“If we hadn’t minded civilians in Afrin, this operation was already over”.

“This summer will be warm”

“We will first clear Manbij from terrorists, and then we will continue our operation in order to secure the eastern Euphrates.

“It appears that this summer will be warm for both terrorists and their supporters”. (EKN/TK)

Incarcerated Lawyer: We Will Not Wear Prison Uniforms

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An incarcerated lawyer from the Progressive Jurists’ Association (ÇHD) and the People’s Law Office, Şükriye Erden, expressed in her letter to bianet that they would not be wearing prison uniforms.

Erden, along with another woman lawyer Didem Ünsal, has been behind bars at Karabük T-Type Prison since September 21, 2017.

A total of 27 lawyers are under arrest just from ÇHD, the Law Office of the Oppressed, and Libertarian Jurists Platform (ÖHP). Although the lawyers were all tried for cases filed in Istanbul, they were sent to prisons in different parts of the country.

“Struggle to acquire rights, and then to protect them…”

Erden too was sent to Silivri Prison when she was first arrested, and then transferred to Karabük with Ünsal.

In her letter to bianet, she asserted that they “will never accept the uniform dress code and never wear the prison uniform”:

“You find that the rights you fought years to acquire stopped being your rights overnight and turned into sanctions. In this sense, “acquired rights” carry no meaning in prisons. Once you acquire a right, you are then put in a position where you have to struggle to protect it.”

Şükriye Erden recalled that prison uniforms had been required following the September 12 coup d’etat, but that this practice had been abolished upon being met with resistance.

“Prison uniforms are an affront to inmates’ political identities and honor. They are geared toward alienating, de-personalizing, and militarizing inmates. Therefore, no matter what the context, even when we are going to a hearing, we will not wear them.”

Prison uniform

By statutory decree no.696 prepared under the State of Emergency was published on the Official Gazette on December 24, 2017.

By statutory decree no.696, “those who are convicted or arrested due to the crimes committed within the scope of Anti-Terror Law will be imposed obligation to wear dresses given by the penal institution while they are taken outside the penal institution”.

Within this scope, this provision or article will be enforced for those who were convicted or arrested of the charges falling under Turkish Penal Code’s chapter entitled “Crimes Against Constitutional Order and Operations of This Order”.

According to the decree, the aforementioned provision won’t be enforced to children and pregnant women.

(AS/PU/TK)

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