What does the fox say? He’d tell you if he wasn’t road kill

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - H.G. Has­san

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.

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