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Bizarre Snapshots lead to Outrage, Firing in Turkey
Old 12-18-2006, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The following came from a pilots' website and my elaboration is from other sources on the same incident. The airport authorities tried to keep the matter quiet, but were forced to act after several digital camera/cell phone photos got into public view via Email and the Internet. There was also more publicity than there should have been, because the killing was witnessed by non-Muslim travelers, according to some reports. Detailed descriptions of the killing also explained in some detail why the killing was less than humane--some experts describe the usual method as "animal torture." Colleagues of mine familiar with Muslim practices were surprised that a camel was killed instead of a goat; goats are cheaper. However, it appears that this was a major celebration, and thus the killing of a camel was deemed appropriate both to celebrate and to prevent the mechanical miseries from recurring. (Hey, here's some advice: you don't want mechanical problems? Don't buy British machinery! Ever heard of the Comet jetliner? You know--the one that kept blowing up in midair because of the astonishing decision of window shape?)

Advice to photographers: Please note that if you happen to snap photos of such an unusual event, you don't need to worry about model releases from either the people or the camel's owner; this is considered reportage of a public event and the bloody snaps may be distributed freely by the copyright owner. Would be thieves, note though, that redistribution of the photos without permission would be infringement.

A serious question, please, for Muslim readers, and others who believe in animal sacrifice: if you have a camera problem, say a sticking shutter or a glitch in the electronics, would an animal sacrifice cure and prevent the problem? If so, what do you recommend: a dog? Cat? Rabbit? It's so tough to find a sacrificial goat in much of the USA.

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Turkish mechanic fired after camel sacrifice on Istanbul tarmac

It may strike readers as simply bizarre, but the sacrifice of a camel on the tarmac at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport has created unwanted friction as Turkey tries to reform itself in anticipation of a bid to join the European Union. Last week, Turkish Airlines mechanics at the airport sent back the last of 11 trouble-prone British Avro-100 regional jets, the Associated Press reported. The airline had leased them for 13 years, having to deal with a constant barrage of mechanical problems. Getting rid of the last was a cause of celebration, and the airline's chief mechanic approved the camel's slaughter, which is a traditional rite. Politicians condemned the act after pictures of mechanics holding up bloody chunks of camel meat appeared in at least two papers. Animal sacrifices are now only supposed to happen in designated facilities in Turkey; the chief mechanic, Sukru Can, was fired for approving the rite. <http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2006/12/13/international/i093748S87...>
 
 
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