Animals win one: Mules slated for euthanization escape to Iran

A Hakkari court ruled for the euthanization of 97 mules seized during a smuggling operation on the border last November on the grounds that the mules “threatened human and animal health,” but were informed that the mules had escaped to Iran on Jan. 7, after heavy snowfall destroyed the tent they were being held in.

Turkey’s ground forces determined smugglers were crossing the Turkey-Iran border near the Onbaşılar village in the Yüksekova district of Turkey’s southeastern Hakkari province on Nov. 9. 2014. A group of nine Iranians was caught smuggling 97 mules and 160 cans of diesel fuel, which were confiscated by the ground forces.

The mules were handed over to a trustee, Perviz Beşer, who is the headman of a nearby village.
A Hakkari court ruled for the euthanization of the mules on the grounds they could hold health risks to both humans and other animals…

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  • Good. Here’s an offbeat but rather touching charity: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.ca/about-us

    I want a mule!

  • Exile1981

    It’s more likely the local head man who had the mules sold them off and pocketed the money and now claims they ran away back to iran.

  • Exile1981

    Ok as a side note why would you need to smuggle diesel fuel into turkey?

    • ntt1

      taxes

  • pettifog

    and, looking at the photograph, I figured the story was going to be about the latest sexual proclivities of Iranian adherents of the religion of peace!

  • Dave

    If “on the grounds they could hold health risks to both humans and
    other animals…” is reason for euthanasia, doesn’t it follow that islamists
    should be euthanized?

    Just wonderin’

  • Norman_In_New_York

    It looks like the mules made asses of these people.

  • Minicapt

    Probably Sunni mules …

    Cheers