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Tougher animal cruelty laws to be adopted in Turkey

28th April 2014

Update from YellAli's previous article; Turkey to introduce tougher animal cruelty laws

Some much needed changes were made to the animal rights bill at the Parliamentary Sub-commission on the Environment headed by Justice and Development Party (AKP) Manisa deputy Selçuk Özdağ;

“Any person, who adopts, owns, sells or cares for an animal needs to have an accommodation suitable for the welfare of the animal, meet its ethological needs and care for its health. People who sell or adopt pets are obliged to take precautionary measures to prevent environmental pollution and damage and discomforts stemming from the animals; they need to compensate any damage stemming from not having taken adequate measures on time. Those who sell and own pets are obliged to participate in training programs organized by local administrations and obtain a certificate. A fine of 1,000 Turkish Liras will be imposed on those who sell pets to people who have not received animal care training.”

Anybody who wants to keep a pet at home will also have to provide suitable accommodation for the welfare of the animal and meet it’s needs for care and wellbeing.

The sub-commission lifted the ban for;

owning, entering the country, sale and advertisement of dangerous dog breeds such as the pit-bull, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino and Fila Brasilerio.


Under the new arrangement, the sale of pets and animals will be banned in pet shops. 
(except for fish and birds)

The killing of ownerless or weak animals is also included in the ban 
(except for situations defined in the law)

Experimental work on animals is restricted to researchers who have obtained certificates 
(but only after completing the relevant training program)

All Circus events involving animals will also be banned.


2,000 TL fine for those who torture animals

1,000 TL fine for those who purpose

ly harm animals

500 TL fine for those who walk dangerous dogs without a lead & muzzle 

3 months - 2 years prison sentence for those convicted of bestiality

Restrictions in commercials

Animals will not be exposed to pain or any kind of damage during the shooting of a film, TV series, commercial activities or similar. 

The Parliamentary Sub-commission also hope to introduce an obligation for any animal involved in a traffic accident to be taken to the nearest veterinarian.

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