Call against animal slaughter in Kurdistan

50 associations and federations warn that wild animals are in peril in Kurdistan.

Many non-governmental organizations and organizations issued a written statement regarding the wild animal hunting in Bingöl province and its districts. The statement reported that at the beginning of July, the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry introduced a hunting tender for 7 chamoises and 7 wild goats in the districts of Bingöl province. The statement noted that the tender was halted as a result of the reactions that developed later, but on December 9, a nature activist in the Selenk region of Kiğı district filmed the moment when a mountain goat was hunted.


The statement emphasized that the nature activist informed the gendarmerie but received the answer that hunting was allowed. “Moreover, it was informed that 3 more mountain goats would be hunted. It is possible to see this information in the hunting area information of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. It was stated that ‘wild animals of this species can be hunted in the area, except jackals and foxes.’’

The climate and wild demography of the region changed after the dams and hydroelectric power plants (HES) built in the region, the statement said.

"It should not be forgotten that the end of natural life will be the end of all of us and all living things. Irreversible damage has been done to the ecology of our region. Our animals, the true owners of the sacred Peri Valley, should not be touched", the statement added.

At the end of the statement, all sensitive non-governmental organizations and institutions were called upon to say “stop” to animal slaughter.