The Turkish government is readying fundamental changes to an animal
protection law, following a collaborative effort led by three ministries and
animal rights organizations. According to the new draft, which is expected
to be put on the cabinet’s agenda in the following weeks, those who rape,
beat or kill animals will be charged with a two year prison term. The draft
also prohibits the breeding and selling of pit bulls in Turkey and will
eventually make it illegal to own the breed.