Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged


They have taken to the streets by the thousands in Istanbul over the last few weeks. But the city that straddles Europe and Asia is upset not about its economy or its national politics, Turks are enraged over plans to round up stray dogs. The government is learning that messing with the city's legendary canines puts you in the dog-house.

Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged - Istanbul Reporter

We started this segment with some sound from protestors changing in the streets. It's not uncommon to hear protesters chanting in the streets of European cities. But residents of Istanbul in Turkey aren't trying to defend their own interests. They're protesting a plan to get rid of the city's stray dogs. While the government promises a humane round up, a similar campaign in the last century resulted in a notorious act of animal cruelty.

Dorian Jones is a reporter in Istanbul who has covered the demonstrations.
We reached him there.

We were unable to reach a representative of the Turkish government for an interview.

Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged - Animal Activist

Katja Eldek helped organized the protests. She's the founder of an animal rights group based in Istanbul, known as HaySev. The name -- loosely translated -- means Animal Lovers. We reached her in Istanbul.

Turkey's stray dog legislation has animal lovers enraged - History Professor

Dogs may be the best friends of humankind, but when pooches and people moved into the cities, things got -- complicated.

Chris Pearson teaches Twentieth Century history at the University of Liverpool. His current research project is called Canine City: Dogs, Humans, and the Making of Modern Paris. And he blogs about this topic at Sniffing the Past. We reached him in Liverpool, England.

This segment was produced by The Current's Ellen Saenger.

Last Word - Orson Welles' War of the Worlds

We've been talking today about pranks earlier and began the program with a clip of one of the most infamous pranks of all time -- the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast that convinced thousands of listeners the earth was under Martian attack.

There are many stories about audience reaction that night -- some sound Pretty Tall. But while it's debated just how widespread the panic actually was -- one thing is beyond debate. The drama made the reputation of its 23 year-old director and performer: Orson Welles.

Years later, Mr. Welles suggested to the BBC he had loftier motivations than simply frightening his listeners that Hallowe'en night. Is that a tall tale as well? Today's Last Word goes to -- Orson Welles.

Other segment from today's show:

Pranks, Hoaxes & Jokes: How far is too far?

Regulating health care in private clinics

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