What does the fox say? He’d tell you if he wasn’t road kill
Amidst all the economic disasters, starvation, and terrorist attacks that have plagued Kurdistan in recent years, it is hard to concentrate on something as insignificant as an Animal Welfare Act. As you may have noticed, unless you're completely oblivious because you've never set foot out of your house, the number of stray dogs and cats in the Region has been rising, slowly at first but exponentially of late.
Kurdistan's Department of Animal Rights Protection (KOARP) is doing the best it can with the minimal support and recognition it gets, and it can hardly be blamed on the people of Kurdistan. Not many people give a second thought to running over a dog, a cat or even the occasional hedgehog- -not with far more pressing matters to think about.
And the fact that cruelty to animals insidiously encourages an increasingly immoral perspective among future generations is not the only issue here. Because inflicting this kind of suffering and thoughtlessness on animals is morally wrong, but it is a bad move politically, as well.
Why? Well, that's simple. As dogs and cats and other animals start to make their presence felt around Kurdistan, diseases and sicknesses may start popping up on the map, causing even more trouble for the Kurdistani economy. If we did something as simple as adding more animal shelters to give these stray animals a home, the effect would be mo- mentous.
Not only would there be fewer traffic incidents and car crashes on the highway due to crossing animals, but the death toll would most likely fall, too, as we slowly take steps to clean up our country.