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Contemporary Approaches in Education and Communication

Edited By Hasan Arslan, Mehmet Ali Içbay, Alejandro J. Gallard and S. Lizette Ramos

This book presents a collection of papers written by researchers, teachers, administrators, analysts and graduate students working and doing research in the field of social sciences. The scientific studies include a wide range of topics from the analysis of social science textbooks to the teacher image in newspapers, the relationship between self-efficacy and cognitive level and the role of organizational silence on the loneliness of academics in work life.

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To Rescue Animals or to Save Ego? Conflicts among Animal Rights Activists in Turkey (Sırma Oya Tekvar)


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Sırma Oya Tekvar

To Rescue Animals or to Save Ego?Conflicts among Animal Rights Activists in Turkey


Turkey has been taking consequential steps for animal welfare especially since the adoption of No. 5199 Article on Animal Rights Law in 2004. Particularly regarding stray animals and shelters, many animal cruelty issues from zoos to dolphin aquariums, fur to clinical tests, circuses to hunting and pet shop reality have been taken into consideration in order to create and raise social awareness. Acting organised and solidarity through animal rights have increased and many NGOs have been founded recently in Turkey. However, we can typically witness conflicts and devastating quarrels while struggling against animal cruelty. These conflicts occur not only between activists and respondents such as local authorities, but also among activists. This study aims to reveal the reasons for conflicts and to figure out the possible ways of agreement by interviewing with authorities from the HAYTAP Animal Rights Federation and HayKonfed Animal Living Rights Confederation through e-mails and phone calls.

Granted that humankind is sharing the planet with other living species; not the master of the world, but a specie among others. Hence it is a significant question to ask if animals should benefit from the same rights – both morally and legally – as the rights provided to humankind.

Although it is a common view that interests of animals do morally matter, few people have a grasp of animal...

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