Asst. Prof. Dr. Erkay Özgör, a Rectorate Coordinator and a faculty member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, spoke on how animal lovers from various parts of the world have created the World Animal Protection Federation in The Hague, the capital of the Netherlands and declared October 4th as Animal Protection Day to raise awareness about cruelty against to animals.
Asst. Prof. Dr. Özgör pointed out that the population of the world is increasing rapidly, and that some population groups unconscious movements are causing extinction of many living species.
Özgör stated that it is very easy for endemic animals to become extinct, especially in isolated places such as the island of Cyprus. He said, “It is important to prevent environmental pollution, respect living spaces of animals and prevent the destruction of animals with clean community actions.”
Özgör drew attention to the importance of respecting the lives of domestic and abandoned animals living in cities. “We need to do our best to ensure a comfortable and peaceful life for them,” he said.
Özgör mentioned that cats and dogs living in the streets are not in their natural environment and they need extra care and protection. For these animals, individual and collective action should be taken.
Özgör also drew attention to the contribution of animals to human health. “We must provide the best care for animals that we benefit from their eggs, milk, honey and other products because of the nutritional value they provide to us and their vital importance.”
He said that when we protect our human values, animals can be protected consciously and living things can live freely on earth.