Jonah / Karam is dead




was a 2-year old stray dog born in the city of Van in Turkey, a country also known as a hell on earth for stray animals. Like his fellow stray animals, Jonah’s life was nothing but absolute horror, torture and despair…. Jonah experienced 730 days, 17520 hours of incessant misery. On a lucky day, he could find some rotten, dirty food from the garbage. Even that was a luxury to him, because most other days his stomach was completely empty. Clean drinking water was out of the question anyway (maybe some rain was his only chance of water). But even those “rotten food available” days were scarce for Jonah. He was on the brink of starvation for most of those 17520 hours he managed to survive in a country where dogs get treated as cockroaches to be destroyed.

Just as you would think that life could not get worse for Jonah, it did. On 10 November 2008, Jonah was hit by a car on the highway, and then of course the driver fled the scene. Jonah was left to lie in agony by the side of the road, with his two back legs broken, with his suffering just simply beyond description. With those two back legs broken, Jonah was now only able to crawl and he somehow caught the attention of someone in Van with a heart… A good man who saw Jonah’s misery and called the municipality of Van for help.

But no officer at the municipality of Van helped – Jonah kept crawling in the middle of Van for three days. The municipality could not be bothered to send a vet or anybody to go help him.

On 13 November 2008, the municipality finally bothered to do something. And what they decided to do was to send in a death squad on Jonah. They sent two garbage collectors and a garbage truck to pick Jonah up. And this is how they picked him up:,0aab7

They tied a rope around his neck, picked him up with a shovel, and then tossed him into the garbage truck. Jonah screamed and screamed throughout all of this – everybody else enjoyed it. As Jonah was screaming to the top of his lungs, the people around him simply laughed and watched Jonah’s agony as if they were watching a comedy show. The garbage men then dumped him at the city’s garbage disposal site “out of compassion” the official explanation goes. The garbage men were so compassionate that they thought at least he would have found some food there, the municipality later on explained.

At this stage, Jonah was lying paralyzed in the garbage site, and the way he was handled with a shovel had only made it worse. He suffered irreparable damage to his spine, and even if he had lived, he would have been paralyzed for life.

All hell broke loose on the municipality of Van when footage of Jonah’s torture in the hands of municipal workers was announced on the national media in Turkey. The municipality was inundated with phone calls, not just from Turkey, but from around the world. Under such tremendous pressure, the person who calls himself the mayor of Van was forced to act and sent in a team to go collect Jonah from the garbage site. Jonah thus ended up at the Faculty of Veterinarian Medicine Animal Hospital at the University of Van.

If you can call it that of course – the hospital in Van had very very little to do to treat Jonah because they did not have the facilities there at their disposal to handle a dog as severely damaged as Jonah. This was when once again animal lovers from all over the world offered help. Some offered to send money for Jonah’s treatment, others offered to adopt him, yet others offered to arrange for him to be treated at the best animal hospitals in the United Kingdom and / or the United States….

But it was not meant to be…. Because all of those offers had to be rejected as those offers of help from abroad were “an insult to Turkey’s national pride”. Turkey had its own resources to treat Jonah, they said, and those trying to arrange help for Jonah from abroad were “traitors”. The mayor of Van agreed with all of this, he declared that the dog was going to stay in Van. Period. Jonah was condemned to stay there in Van in the hands of vets who had little if anything to do for Jonah’s welfare…

Jonah’s conditions deteriorated on the morning of 28 November 2008. And he didn’t make it, he died on 1 December 2008. Jonah became a victim of ultra nationalists masquerading as animal lovers and monsters masquerading as humans. His dead body is at the pathology lab of the animal hospital in Van at the moment. They are trying to write a report on his cause of death. Don’t bother, here it is. Jonah’s cause of death is Turkey – a hell for stray animals.

If you too think that the mayor of Van should resign following this scandal, please tell it to himself, Mr. Burhan Yenigun: surname in the first box, your message in the final box, the rest of the boxes can be left blank).


6 Responses

  1. the lack of compassion confounds me, i don’t understand it, look in his eyes for gods sake, he is INNOCENT…he didn’t deserve any of this, but still it happens, every day, wake up ppl, you’re going to hell.

  2. This is the most disturbing thing I have heard in a while. I hope all who watched this and didnt give a shit end up struck down by lightening and get paralized and left to die without food or water. You people are sick and don’t deserve life. Sickening…Sad…Unexcusable…

  3. Horrible people that can do this. Evil is what drives them to be so care less. Have they no feelings?

  4. From another site re poor Karam/Jonah:

    “Suddenly Gamze Neer’s campaign to prevent Karam to be taken abroad started. Irrational, xenophobic mails telling lies such as all dogs are burned alive abroad or that foreigners wanted this dog to make financial gain over him started to be distributed.”

    Is Gamze Neer identical with the person who has a business in Goshen IN, USA with sites on the Net? If so, details of this affair need to be passed to the States. I am sure little Karam is happily playing this side of Rainbow Bridge now. And may Hellfire and damnation fall on those responsible for his cuel end.

  5. I find that the so called “nice” man who called for someone to help Jonah wasn’t nice. If he actually cared, he would have scooped him up and taken him to the vet and not leave him in the street for three days to suffer. What a load of crap. I wouldn’t do that, would you? And don’t say, “oh, but they are poor, but they gave him food…” Load of crap. If someone would have assumed responsibility in the begining, then he would have had a chance. The country of Turkey is pathetic, disgusting and to not even have the basic laws enforced to end animal suffering is grotesque! Get out of the middle ages, Turkey! That means, politicians, police, public officials and the public!

  6. Turkey and other countries will have to start looking into treating their animals better once they get into the eu as it wont be tolerated.

    I am speechless at the cruelty involved here and much as I know different cultures view animals differently I still cant believe they let this poor animal suffer so much when once known they couldn’t treat him he should have been put to sleep and out of pain.

    BARBARIC and I hope all involved get their comeuppance

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