Turkey: ‘Yamuk’, the Lopsided, Speaks Out About the Scum that Killed Him

Past SAV Link:





My name is Yamuk (means lopsided in Turkish). I was given this name, because I wasn’t able to walk properly since I got bit by a stray dog.

I was a stray cat and I had been taken care by some lovely people around me. I used to live among some other stray cats, who shared the same fate with me, in a beautiful steet in Bornova district of Izmir. Actually, I considered myself luckier than some of my friends, because there were people around me who cared for me. They got me vetted and vaccinated for diseases. If they did not help me, I would probably not be able to recover by myself from the terrible condition caused by a car that hit me.

I used to live in the corner of a grocery store with the love and care of that store’s owner and some gentle people who fed me, until October 8th 2010. A group of young people did not love me like the others. They took me out from the box in which I slept and kicked me to death. They crushed my head with their feet. This is how I died. I’m thinking about whether I’ve done something wrong to them. What did I do to deserve this? Maybe my only mistake was being a cat that lived outside. But still, after my death, I would not even imagine that the whole city, the whole country and even the whole world would be sorry, would oppose the ones who did this and would take this act seriously. I’m so glad that there were people with good hearts.

Thanks to the surveillance camera of the grocery store, my murderer got arrested, given a 687 Turkish Lira (approx. $490) pecuniary punishment and released, returned back to his life. How about the other animals living in the streets, who got disabled, tortured and killed like myself? What are they doing right now out of the sight of the cameras? How many remorseless murderers of many of these animals are right now outside, living among you? Who knows..

I am not with you anymore. I can only hope that the prudent and scrupulous people around the world would act to demand the rights of the animals like myself. So that crimes like these would not remain with impunity, the right to live of the street animals would not be taken away from them and the ones after me would not be kicked to death and throw up blood.