September 25, 2016
Reprinted from The Institute for Critical Animal Studies
is a journalist affiliated with R9 Media. She is an animal rights activist
known throughout Turkey and Europe. She has organized and led some of the
largest animal liberation and animal rights demonstrations and protests,
many with a Direct Action component, in Asia. Also, she is the Founder of
the Spanish language A.L.F Frente de Liberación Animal Liberation/Animal
Rights Community, an animal liberation and animal rights online resource for
Spanish speaking activists around the world.
Q-Where are you from?
I live in Turkey.
Q-What organization(s) are you involved with?
The North American Animal Liberation Press Office where I’m an Advisor
and Liaison for Europe. Also, I’m a Journalist affiliated with New York City
based R9 Media.
Q-Why are you an activist? How did you get involved
in the fight for
I’m an Animal Liberation
Activist because animals are the most oppressed beings on the planet. They
suffer and endure so much pain at the hands of and service towards humanity.
Worldwide there are factory farms, fur farms, leather factories,
slaughterhouses, circuses and zoos. All of which imprison them and subject
them to violence and exploit them for goods, resources and entertainment.
They are slaughtered for food, clothing, accessories, cosmetics, medical
testing and medical products. This is unacceptable in the twenty-first
century. Animals have the right to live free of suffering and exploitation
at the hands of humans. Fighting for the freedom of animals is my fight. I,
and in fact all people, have an ethical responsibility towards animals. They
cannot fight for their own freedom so the responsibility falls to Activists.
They must be liberated from their slavery and I’m in solidarity with them.
I’m fighting for their freedom.
Q- What are the most pressing issues
confronting animals in Turkey and
Europe? What animal liberation
campaigns are you involved with?
One of the main issues regarding
animals in Turkey is their exploitation and killing for religious purposes.
But this, of course, is not just a problem in Turkey, it is an issue
worldwide. And not just religious, animals are also killed around the world
for cultural and political dogmas as well. This cruelty and violence knows
no race, country, or religion. In the modern era there is absolutely no
place for such barbarity. It must stop. The campaign for liberation is
ongoing and has many facets.
Q– How did you get involved with your
cause? Why do you think animal
liberation is important?
was very young we’ve always had a lot of cats in our house, they were always
treated as members of the family. And my friends had cats and dogs as well.
When I was twelve my family took me to the zoo and I was so full of
joy. But I cried when I saw the dingy little cages where the animals lived.
Stories had been told to me about how happy the animals were in the zoo but
I soon realized that wasn’t true. When you see them out of their natural
environment they have fear and despair in their eyes. At around age fifteen
I began to participate in nature conservation activities and street
protests, and I’ve been doing it ever since. Handing out leaflets,
magazines, trying to raise awareness. There were several articles in local
newspapers about the issue of animal rights because of this. The field of
Animal Rights is like a combat zone when you run up against resistance.
Animals are not property or food. I was a vegetarian for a very long time
but soon realized that even there I was on the wrong side of justice.
Vegetarianism is still a form of support of animal slavery. Over five years
ago I became vegan. Veganism is the first step for individuals towards
Q– What are the most effective approaches and
methods in the fight for
We have come a long
way but there is still a long way to go for Animal Liberation and Animal
Rights. There are many different methods used in the struggle. Training,
attending a variety of conferences, peaceful protests, petition signatures,
etc., all of which I support. But these ways take time and the animals do
not really have time to wait. State-supported institutions, scientists and
companies have many resources. We cannot keep animals in cages awaiting
death in many centers of domination waiting for their freedom. The Animal
Liberation Front and Direct Action, sabotage, etc., is the most effective
way to help animals. Peaceful means of trying to dominate a repressive
system is not the most effective way of accomplishing our goals.
What was your most memorable experience as an activist? Why?
mentioned, when I was twelve years old my family took me to the zoo. Well,
around the same time I remember some friends and I came across an area where
some dogs were being held in cages. There were even some puppies inside.
Many of them looked sick and like they were dying. They were looking at us
as if to say “please get us out of here.” The area was completely fenced in
but we came back at night and some of us jumped the fence. The dogs were
handed up and out over the fence. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was
taking part in Direct Action. Looking back, that was the moment that really
turned me into an Activist.
Q– What is the relationship between your
work as a journalist and your
work as an animal rights activist?
Animals and people are basically under occupation. Government,
state-approved institutions and organizations, scientists, corporations and
capitalism in general, see anyone who fights for not only animals but for
the planet itself as terrorists. They try to organize all sorts of smear
campaigns against Activists and Journalists as well. I’m an Activist
Journalist, as I like to say. The two roles go hand in hand. We are in
solidarity with other Activists and Journalists working against these
exploiters. And we are all allied in the struggle for the freedom of all.
Q- – What is R9 Media? How did you get involved with it? What is its
R9 Media is an alternative media organization which
specializes in publishing what others don’t want published. That, after all,
is the essence of journalism. I had heard of their work and was approached
by a mutual acquaintance.
Q- -Why did you create A.L.F. Frente de
Liberacion Animal Liberation / Animal Rights Community? What is its mission?
There are many Spanish speaking Comrades around the world in the
struggle for Animal Liberation and Animal Rights. And because solidarity is
a powerful weapon, I created a centralized group where all could communicate
together. The role of the A.L.F. Frente de Liberacion Animal Liberation /
Animal Rights Community is to communicate to the world the actions taken by
those Comrades in the struggle who put their lives and liberty at risk for
the cause. And to also provide support for those imprisoned Comrades.
Q-What events or people influenced you, either positively or negatively?
What influences me the most is the misery and exploitation of animals.
This causes my anger to grow and sorrow to spread in the struggle for Animal
Liberation. Anger and love combined are an unstoppable fire.
advice would you give young people today who want to devote themselves to
the fight for animal liberation?
If you really love animals remove
them from the menu. Be vegan. Animal liberation is a fight. It is a real war
between humans and animals. And don’t forget that humans are just another
order of animal. No time to wait. Stop talking. The animals can’t wait,
action must be taken. Fight, do not be afraid, even of the many risks.
Animals deserve freedom. Help them…Now!
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