Stop Inhumane Camel Wrestling Festival

Target: Mehmet Falakali, former head of the tourism ministry’s Selcuk office

Goal: Stop the festival of camel wrestling occurring in Turkey.

The 40th year of the Camel Wrestling Festival has taken place in Turkey last week. This event takes place annually and thousands of people attend. This year, 152 camels wore saddles and cloths on their humps. The camels wear muzzles to prevent them from using their teeth on each other but nonetheless they fight in sandy areas for everyone to watch. There are referees present as well. The audience sets up tables to barbecue and celebrate the event on the sidelines. This event draws criticism nearly every year from animal rights groups since the camels endure abuse and many injuries during the event. The festival is even being called a criminal act.

The camels are also paraded through the streets for a “pageant” before the festival. They are not only being abused by wrestling but also exploited for the entertainment of humans. Allegedly, the camels are separated if things get too intense. It is said the camels cannot actually injure each other but, why in the world are camels wrestling? It should not happen at all. The festival organizers excuse the acts by saying it is a tradition and because the event has successfully gone on for years, it should not be stopped. This is not an excuse to put the camels through such abuse for the 40th year in a row.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mehmet Falakali,

Your support of this inhumane camel wrestling festival is unacceptable. An animal rights activist group has clearly expressed their concerns and yet, no one has spoken to them about the festival. It is wrong and the camels are in extreme danger due to the actions of the people participating in this event. You have the responsibility to listen to the opposition and ultimately keep your animals safe, and we demand you try to understand the perspective of those who oppose the event. Although it is a tradition, that does not mean it is right. Camels are being exploited and used for entertainment and that is unfair, unsafe, and inhumane. You must listen to the people who disagree and see the wrongdoings of the event. Think about the camels and how they do not deserve this abuse year after year.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Becker1999


56 Comments

  1. WHO could conjure up such a depraved event against CAMELS — Our treatment of Animals is a reflection of our SOULS — the cruel & merciless treatment of Camels is beyond sanity, decency, conscience, morality — where are our standards — STOP the STUPIDITY — STOP abusing & tormenting our Camels

    • Alysha+Edelman says:

      Couldn’t agree more!!!!!!! The EVIL HUMAN RACE NEEDS TO BE EXTERMINATED!!!!!

    • Hyacinth F Addison says:

      Such Barbarians.
      I SM DISGUSTED AT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT ALLOWS.
      I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND EHY ANYONE WANT TO DESTROY OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.
      NO WONDER WE HAVE DO MANY MURDERERS AND CRIMES.

  2. 40 years hardly makes it a “tradition” Just an excuse for twisted, stupid humans to torment innocent animals. When will stupidity like this end? You would think humans would have evolved past this kind of thing by now….instead we seem to be de-evolving, getting worse and worse.

  3. NASTY, WICKED, HORRID PEOPLE, YOU ARE A DISGRACE, SHAME, SHAME, SHAME ON ALL OF YOU.

  4. Nancy Allen says:

    Awful. Stop now.

  5. Teresa Zamalloa says:

    You are a person – if we can call you that – cruel, perverse, inhuman, allowing all those savage things to take place, despite the suffering of sentient beings

  6. stop it!!

  7. Hyacinth F Addison says:

    Such Barbarians.
    I AM DISGUSTED AT WHAT OUR GOVERNMENT ALLOWS.
    I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND EHY ANYONE WANT TO DESTROY OUR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS.
    NO WONDER WE HAVE DO MANY MURDERERS AND CRIMES.

  8. The sick minds of way too many. Suffering of other living beings means absolutely nothing.

  9. American Girl says:

    WHY?JUST SIMPLY WHY?

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