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NEVER visit Prince's Island...

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NEVER visit Prince's Island...

I had a very traumatic experience here. The island is romanticized because of the carriage rides offered on the island. However, once you are there you realize there is nothing romantic about abused, suffering animals. The square where the animals are lined up like taxis (so close to one another, they step over each other, clearly nervous from the comotion) is also filled with the stench of the feces they are forced to stand in as they wait. Many of them had bleeding wounds and there was no water for them to drink found anywhere. Once you get in a carriage, you realize that it is old and barely holds together. Then as the suffering animal is forced to pull you up an incredibly steep hill, you no longer look at any of the sights the island has to offer. All you think about is the cruelty toward a gorgeous creature. The weather is hot, and the horse has no shade or water, even when you are forced to stop near a shack with useful tourist trinkets...the animal is not offered shade. This practice should be stopped immediately, especially since there is a wonderful alternative to use bikes which would have been much more lovely and enjoyable.

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1. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

I also feel sorry for these animals. But it seems an over reaction to advise people not to visit the islands at all. It's also pleasant to have a walk or rent a bike as you mention.

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This is something I agree with you totally and an issue I posted up about several months ago.I advise you to contact the council on the island and register your disgust.

However I also agree with Kachika that this is not a reason to boycott the island;simply hire a bike or walk and do not use the carriages until proper care is taken of the horses and their care is monitored and overseen by professionals.

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3. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

I would visit Buyukada but hire a bike or walk. Don't use the horse drawn carriages. It would be great if someone could advise who to write to in Turkey in regard to the welfare of the horses on the island.

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Hi MAK,

Thank you very much for your sensibility. I appreciate your feelings about those lovely animals. You are so right to be sorry for them. Here is the link to the Veterinary Services Department of stanbul Metropolitan Municipality: ibb.gov.tr/en-US/….Ut--mir8KUk

Please write an email to them and do not forget to give us a feedback when you have received one.

I also agree with the previous posters that discouraging people to go and visit the islands is not the solution. The Islands are beautiful and a great destination to take a refuge from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul at least for a day. IMO, it would be a great advise to encourage future visitors to take a walk or rent a bike.

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5. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

Thank you all for this, I decided to read reviews on what to do tomorrow on my Trip there. Since I have a more than normal reaction to animals treated badly, it would ruin my week. Thank you as I will stay in Istanbul or go somewhere else.

Edited: 25 May 2014, 23:37
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I have just visited this island today. The islands are beautiful but spoilt by the cruel treatment of the horses. I have always thought you can tell from a country on how it treats it's animals. In Istanbul around various places I visited i have seen water and food put out for the stray cats and dogs. Wonderful. However the horses on the princes islands are thin and poorly treated. Not all of them I might add but most. I saw at least 2 lame horses. One of which was running along the road at speed with a carriage full of a family of 5. It's hoof was dragging on the floor. I was totally disgusted and ashamed to be human.

Why are the horses running along the road at speed?? Surely a gentle walk would be better. Or are they trying to cram as many trips in as they can per day??

I will not be recommending this to anyone. I will be complaining using the email given above.

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7. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

Thank you very much for this post. We were going to visit the island when we are in Istanbul in September but that certainly wont be happening now. I just wish more people would do what you have done and bring this cruelty to public notice. I fail to see how anyone either walking or riding bikes could enjoy the island when they are witnessing what is happening to so many of the poor horses.

Many thanks again Cindy Cameron retired elderly lady - Australia

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8. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

Dear all, yes I agree that horsies should receive fairer treatment. I would also recommend boycotting Sea World in Australia, for the same reasons. Just be curious and watch some documentaries on how those lovely creatures are being treated for the sake of commercialism.

Zeynep, from Melbourne

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9. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

Dear all, yes I agree that horsies should receive fairer treatment. I would also recommend boycotting Sea World in Australia, for the same reasons. Just be curious and watch some documentaries on how those lovely creatures are being treated for the sake of commercialism.

Zeynep, from Melbourne

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10. Re: NEVER visit Prince's Island...

yes you are right, i cried as it is so upsetting to see the cruelty....you feel so helpless and it ruined my visit to the island.

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