Germany: UPDATE 23/01/11 – ‘EU Hunting Court Rulings’, the German ‘Fox Week’ and More

Regarding our recent post on the ‘Fox Week’ in Germany:

the message from our German animal campaigner friend finshed with the statement:

“On 20th of January we expect the decision on “forced hunting” (where hunters have the right to hunt animals on private ground) from the European Court of Justice. If that comes out in favour of our cause – which we hope – then that will be another coffin nail for the hunters and also work as a boost to our campaign”.

Well the decision has now been made by the European Court of Justice, and it has NOT found in favour of our cause.

The court’s decision for forced hunting was supplemented with a justification, and it said that the continuation of the practice is in the public interest and that hunting was necessary to protect the game stocks.

This is an Intersting twist on reality.

Going by that stated logic, and transferring it to us mere humans, any serial killer or masse murderer for that matter, would be the greatest friend of mankind we ever head. Because, in the end, by doing their killings of other humans, they, (the killer) protected the Human population.  Is it in the public interest to have the continuation of human masse killings  by serial killers to protect the human species ? – No.

 Simply one rule for the hunters and a different rule for everyone else.

Another more interesting point about the whole thing is that this very same court ruled against forced hunting in France and Luxemberg in 1999, saying that nobody could be forced to tolerate that on their private ground.

How the rules change in ten years by the very same court !

Well, the complainant (a guy from the Stuttgart area) will now go on to put his case again before the big chamber of the court; (the ruling from yesterday being by the small chamber), and we shall see with a great deal of interest what happens here.

Many people think the court decided the way it did because of pressure from the German sylviculture and the lobby behind it.  The economic value (timber prices) of German forests is high, and they are tightly managed.  Game they say, causes damage to the stock, and in many areas is seen as nothing more than ‘vermin’ that the hunters are more than, even incredibly happy, to get rid of.

Hunters are also aiming at having the (German) countys and local authorities establish bans for strollers and others wanting to use the forests for recreation. Clearly, they do not want witnesses to what they do and argue that ‘all these people disturb the game’. 

Really, is it not them who disturb the animals ? – destroying the natural reproduction cycles of animals which is based around the availability of food.  Do the hunters not put out food baits to lure their targets into the area so that they can then be shot by hunters standing high up on platforms ?

If this is not the hunting community ‘disturbing the game’, then what is ?

The hunters have currently achieved their will simply because of their connections to politics and local administrations – many hunters hold positions in these positions of power anyway.

Below is the link which provides the entire text of the court ruling on forced hunting from the 20th January.

You can read it and make your own decisions and opinions on the hunting issue:

Whatever the current situation, the campaign to stop the continued year round killing of foxes in Germany will continue.  Unfortunately, Fox Week during the next few weeks will see many, many more beautiful animals killed by hunters because of a ruling which declares that the ‘continuation of the practice is in the public interest’, that the wildlife ‘vermin’ destroy the now politically financially viable forests which the public must also be instructed to keep out of for recreational purposes !

Is the world and legislation going crazy in support of animal abusers and against the will of the majority of the public ?

–          Well yes !

Turkey: Terrible Animal Attrocities Commited by the Kadir Topbaş Hasdal Shelter, Istanbul; a Shelter Funded Via the EU – EU You Need to Investigate Your Spending; We Dont Accept Our Money Being Spent on Causing Animal Suffering !!!


CONGRATULATIONS EU…..You gave money to the administration of Istanbul to build a “standard” shelter….and LOOK AT THE HORROR INSIDE….

HOW ABOUT the EU investigating and requiring them to be held accountable for every EURO spent on this living hell hole for animals !


The following story is copied from:

Please click on this link (above) and also watch the video footage.

With utmost respect and thanks from SAV to ‘Lets Adopt !’ for all their work in highlighting animal suffering in Turkey, and for saving lives !!  


It’s an early morning in Istanbul.

The Istanbul Municipality van drives through a lonely road in a village far away from Istanbul. In the back, shaken and terrified, 5 stray dogs violently hit the walls with each bump of the road. The barks and screams can be heard by every villager en route.

Upon arriving to an isolated location the Municipal drivers brutally unload the frightened animals onto the side of the road.

Two of the animals are in good condition but the other three barely have any strength to move. Mila is one of them. Too weak to move she lies on the grass, waiting to die.

We were there.

Mila – Dumped and Near Death on the Roadside

The entire event was caught on camera as part of an on-going investigation by Let’s Adopt! into the atrocities commited by Kadir Topbaş Hasdal shelter and the Municipality’s well documented practice of dumping dogs in the forests and deserted locations.

The events of that morning, together with undercover footage obtained by Let’s Adopt! proves, beyond any shade of doubt, the blatant disregard for the Law by Kadir Topbaş team and the constant and sustained lies of the Municipality to the Press and the general public.

It was barely weeks ago that the brutal killing of a cat made the entire turkish society get up in arms in rejection of animal cruelty.  The events and practices that have come to light show a different kind of cruelty, one no less brutal and affecting to a much larger number of animals, and cast serious doubts over the credibility and honesty of Kadir Topbas and his administration.

In recent months the European Union has granted the Istanbul Municipality large amounts of money in order to improve their sheltering practices, with a shelter currently being built in Istanbul with European Union funds.

European Union officials declare to be totally unaware and shocked by these practices. The scandal threatens to bring European Union funding to a halt.

Kadir Topbaş and the Istanbul Municipality deny any wrongdoing and claim the footage and the scandal to be fabrications. We let you be the judge of that.


P.S. Mila died this morning after spending a week in intensive care.


Sample letter Contact details;;;;;


Dear Mayor,

It is without doubt that I assert that this e-mail is but one of many that your office has received in connection with the abject squalor that is Hasdal Rehabilitation Center. I am also certain that a number of these communications are coming your way from well beyond the reaches of Turkey.

The brotherhood and sisterhood of those who truly love animals and are steadfast in seeing conditions minimally suitable for them at the very least (if not exceeding this state) is an international one, and clearly, attention has been focused sharply on the blemish on the face of Istanbul that is Hasdal. Animals sleeping among others which are dead, injured, and / or very ill. Dogs with no alternative other than to wander among their own feces and vomit. These are the images that are emanating from the municipality over which you have been elected and given a degree of domain. It goes without saying that this does not reflect well at all on what is to be your legacy.

The video evidence clearly and unequivocally demonstrates flagrant violations of Animal Protection Law 5199 (June 24, 2004), In pertinent part: Part I, Chapter 1, Articles (a), (c), (d), (g), (h), and (j). I would respectfully suggest personal research into these matters.

Turkey prides itself on being a nation of animal lovers. It is truly my hope that the awareness currently being served upon you through various world locales prompts you to uphold the laws that are part and parcel to the government to which you were elected on the local level.

I submit this to you with the utmost respect and seriousness.






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